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“Amazing Collection”

Museum of the University of St Andrews
Ranked #15 of 55 things to do in St. Andrews
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Owner description: 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.
Dundee, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Amazing Collection”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Musea is well worth a visit - most impressive collection of medieval maces in the world - but loads more about the University

Visited May 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent museum on the artefacts and history of University of St Andrews”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

An exceptional museum considering its size and that it is free. Lots to read about and view and some interactive games and puzzles for the kids. Really enjoyed the layout and the views of St Andrews beach from the second floor. Also the astrolabe from the 17th Century is quite phenomenal.
2 hours spent here is well worth it.

Visited August 2012
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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

I didn't expect it to be as good and, for a free attraction, it tells a good story about my alma mater. Worth popping in when walking along The Scores.

Visited July 2012
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delaware township, nj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great stop”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Very much enjoyed this museum. It was small but offered a little bit of everything. Enjoyed learning about the history of the University.

Visited July 2012
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Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting and lightweight museum”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Fascinating information on ancient St Andrew's and the establishment of the University with old seals and documents etc. I did not realise that there were two competing popes at the time, with Benedict XIII in Avignon in France who granted the university rights. The museum goes on to look some of its traditions and rectors (including John Cleese) and of course mentiones Prince William and Kate Middleton who studied there. There are some scientific artifacts and hands on stuff for young people. I shouldn't tell you more so you can enjoy it for yourself. There is car parking. It is smallish as museums go but that makes it good for all ages. It is free and worth the visit.

Visited July 2012
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