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Museum of the University of St Andrews

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Address: 7a The Scores, St. Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
Phone Number: 01334 461660
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fee: No
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The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) is a free museum...

The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) is a free museum displaying some of the amazing treasures from the University's collection of over 112,000 artefacts. The Museum is located on the Scores in St Andrews and is home to St Salvator's Mace, which is still used in Graduation and Welcome ceremonies to this day. The museum has four galleries, a 'Learning Loft' and a viewing terrace with stunning panoramic views over St Andrews Bay. MUSA is family friendly and its galleries feature a number of fun hands-on interactives as well as an art cart which is full of creative activities for children from dressing up to drawing. Free admission.

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Small, but nice

While walking back from the ruins of the St. Andrews Cathedral to meet our tour bus, my spouse and I spotted a notice about an exhibition of world-famous medieval maces... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
CJW913
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While walking back from the ruins of the St. Andrews Cathedral to meet our tour bus, my spouse and I spotted a notice about an exhibition of world-famous medieval maces. Interested, we popped inside to discover a lovely little museum. Although we did not have enough time to see everything, we did enjoy the glittering maces. And an added bonus:... More 

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Asia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Nicely put together and it's wonderful to see both the history or St Andrew's and of the very prestigious University of St Andrew's. There are great views from the roof of the museum and excellent facilities to keep small children entertained, including child size red gowns.

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of your visit to MUSA. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit here and that you found a variety of activities for the different ages in your group. Our red gown collection is very popular (also with adults too!) More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The St. Andrews University Museum is definitely better than the town's museum. It's about twice as big, and has a more extensive and more interesting collection: printed books from the 1400's, early scientific instruments, and university artifacts, not to mention the second floor viewing platform that looks over the sea. It has some good activities for children too, like a... More 

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to MUSA. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you found activities and exhibitions which appeal to all ages. We strive to ensure that there is something for everyone here and we always welcome suggestions on what we could do to improve our facilities. More 

Iowa City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Small, but well done, this free museum is definitely worth a visit. Lovely building with a great view. Kid friendly - there's red robes to try on and wear as you learn university history and tradition. Plan on 30 mins.

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed your visit and the lovely view from upstairs. More 

McMinnville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

This was a great place to visit during the extended shower at the time of my visit to St. Andrews. The displays were very well done, and lots of history and historical artifacts were on display. Helpful staff.

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit and that it made up for the awful weather!! MUSA also has lots of drop in craft activities which are great if the Scottish weather is being a bit unpredictable!! More 

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I liked my visit here and would return again when I have more time to explore it in greater detail..

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. You might like to check our website in advance of your visit as we also run a lot of free events for adults and children! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

The museum is small but with important display of history of University of St Andrew, for example, silver medals for their competition. A good place to know how this university is founded and developed. University of St Andrew is the oldest one of Scotland, so, you must have a look here! I just photoed some descriptions to share with you!

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. Great to hear that you enjoyed the museum and learned a lot about the University! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

The museum is very well laid out despite being quite small. We really enjoyed finding out more about the fascinating history of the university and there are even activities for kids to do as well. My sister and I enjoyed dressing my 1-year-old in the red student robes (though he was quite as keen). On a clear day there is... More 

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit to MUSA and that the whole family had fun! We also have an adult-sized red gown now, so grown-ups can join in the dress-up fun too! More 

london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

A very interesting place and only a short walk from St Andrews Castle. You get to know so much about the oldest university in Scotland and the incredible achievements of its students. It's free and a museum everyone should visit when they're in St Andrews. Because of it's size you don't need to spend a long time there, but you... More 

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed visiting MUSA and that you learned a lot about the University and Town. Gallery 4 is a changing exhibition space so there should be something new for you next time you visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Relaxing, open, and varied, the museum houses a ton of interesting things. It's in a picturesque location overlooking the ocean and the staff are kind and respectful. Doesn't take long and definitely worth a visit.

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Musa S, Operations officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great to hear how much you love MUSA! We also have an events programme available on our website if you are local to the area. More 

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