Museum of the University of St Andrews

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Museum of the University of St Andrews

Museum of the University of St Andrews
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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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woodersbraid
Edinburgh, UK39 contributions
Well worth a visit
Aug 2020
Really enjoyable and thought provoking exhibition on Smoking. Happy and attentive staff and a great coffee shop as well.
Written August 27, 2020
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jackie h
Edinburgh, UK22 contributions
Excellent Visit
Jul 2019 • Friends
Very informative, beautiful building with great sea views on the terrace, colourful exhibition. Enjoyed it very much.
Written August 1, 2019
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Scot_On_Tour_10
Edinburgh, Scotland48 contributions
Very accessible
May 2018 • Solo
This is a splendid museum charting the history of the oldest university in Scotland. 600 years of history is well laid out with clear maps, drawing, explanations and lots of artefacts from the university archives.

There are lots of activities for children too, so it's also great for family visits.

If you're a prospective, current or former student, you will love this museum. If you're none of those, but interested in this aspect of Scottish history, you will love this museum. Even if you just came to St Andrews for a round of golf or a paddle on the beach, this is a great little museum to discover another aspect of the town.
Written May 28, 2018
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Thank you for your feedback - we really do appreciate hearing what our visitors think about their visit to MUSA. We have a large number of original artefacts from Special Collections in Gallery One, at present, making it well worth a visit before we close for redevelopment at the end of June! Our What's On Guide (available from MUSA or online) details events of all our workshops for both children and adults. These will continue, in various locations, throughout the period of our closure. Keep an eye on the website for more information. Once again, thank for your interest - and for taking the time to review your visit to MUSA!
Written June 7, 2018
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drkiki2015
Washougal, WA440 contributions
Something for everyone!
May 2018 • Couples
Free and informative, this little museum has picturesque views of the sea from the rooftop, fun videos of student life, and all sorts of academic and religious memorabilia. The featured exhibit this month is about philanthropy that has supported the university since 1413, the inception of the university! There are references to notable alums (such as Nobel prize winners, folks who successfully climbed Mt. Everest, and a host of medals from an archery competition held at the university in the 1700s. History buffs will love it all!
Written May 22, 2018
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. The museum indeed offers both a historical overview of the University of St Andrews, together with more contemporary insights into student life. These include a look at the many traditions we continue to celebrate and uphold, such as Raisin Weekend and May Dip. If your visit to St Andrews was recent, you might have been witness to a few 'soakings': the post-exam practice where final year students soak one another with water to mark the transition from student to graduate! This year, we are also celebrating the 700th anniversary of the consecration of St Andrews Cathedral. We have dedicated a small part of Gallery One to items from Special Collections which relate to the Cathedral and its place in the history of the town. We do hope that you will make a return visit, should you be back in the area - either before we close for our re-development on the 30th June or after we re-open in 2019!
Written May 25, 2018
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Christos
Thessaloniki, Greece3,989 contributions
Interesting!
May 2018 • Friends
A small museum in which you can see some things from the St Andrews history.A museum is free and it takes a half hour to see it.it deserves a visit.Very smily staff!
Written May 5, 2018
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Thank you very much for your review and for your kind comments about our staff! Ensuring that our visitors receive a warm welcome is always our priority at MUSA. The museum is indeed of such a size that it can either be enjoyed at length with the addition of our audio guide, or more briefly if you are on an itinerary. We have new exhibits in Gallery One - meaning that at present even more of our collection is on display. In the same gallery, we also have a case dedicated to St Andrews Cathedral, as 2018 marks the 700th anniversary of its consecration. We do hope that you will visit again should you return before the end of June. An exciting new redevelopment project begins in July, so perhaps next time you are in St Andrews you will be able to see an extended and improved version of the current MUSA!
Written May 9, 2018
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j68ky
Kentucky453 contributions
A Wonderful Little Museum...Lots of History...Definitely Worth a Visit
May 2017 • Couples
We were pleasantly surprised with a visit to MUSA. Lots of nice historical exhibits and hands-on things for children to do. Certainly recommended for quick pop-in with friendly staff.
Written April 19, 2018
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Thank you for your review - we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to MUSA! I do hope with the beautiful weather yesterday you were able to see the view from the terrace too! Today we had a new installation of documents which relate to the consecration of the cathedral of St Andrews in 1318. I do hope you will be able to come back and visit again sometime. best wishes
Written April 20, 2018
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Eleanor G
Airdrie, United Kingdom16 contributions
was there a few years ago with my grandchildren
Apr 2018 • Family
It was very interesting for the kids and a great history lesson. the kids can wear the gowns for a photograph
Written April 3, 2018
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Allister1960
Fife31 contributions
Little gem
Aug 2017 • Solo
Walked past this many time and Im really glad thatI finally went in. It is really interesting and clearly exxplains things. As you go around it tells a story. Its not just a jumble of things.
Written April 2, 2018
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Thank you for your review of MUSA! We're delighted that you decided to come in and visit us! MUSA is the first University Museum to have the history of the institution laid out Gallery by Gallery bringing the story of this wonderful University to life for our visitors. We sincerely hope you'll come back and see us soon!
Written April 3, 2018
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trevor494
Doncaster, UK133 contributions
Beautifully curated exhibitions.
Jan 2018 • Friends
What beautiful and ancient maces, still used on ceremonial occasions.
We attended the current photographic exhibition on an early travel experience in West Africa. The binocular camera was a relatively new invention then and the plates are of an astounding quality, bearing in mind they had to be enlarged a great many time to be exhibited. A triumph of its kind.
Written January 21, 2018
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Thank you very much for your review - we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to MUSA and that you also enjoyed our temporary exhibition "Encountering Africa". We do hope that you'll visit again as we now have a new temporary exhibition entitled "Enduring Gifts:600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews" which features some of the major donors to the university who have helped to shape the institution into what it has become today.
Written April 3, 2018
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John B
Brussels, Belgium264 contributions
Lots to see, some real gems
Oct 2017 • Family
We've visited St Andrews several times but had never been into this museum. There's a surprising amount in here, from the medieval foundations of the university up to the present day. Some items won't really grab you, others are wonderful - the maces are just incredible objects and there are some very interesting displays on science, and the strange custom of archery competitions. There was a temporary exhibition of photographs from Africa which was also unexpectedly interesting. The roof terrace is worth a visit (in good weather) for a lovely view over the coast. The staff were very friendly and happy to chat as well. A good place to visit.
Written November 17, 2017
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Dear John We're delighted that you found us on your visit to St Andrews and that you enjoyed visiting MUSA! We are very proud of the objects we have on display here and that you found some interesting information about some of the more peculiar traditions that the students at the University of St Andrews have enjoyed in the past and still take part in today! I do hope that you'll come and visit us again next time you're in St Andrews. We have changing exhibitions in Gallery 4 where you saw our "Encountering Africa" Exhibition. In March we will have a new exhibition currently being prepared by our Museum and Gallery Studies students here at the University.
Written November 20, 2017
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