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Museum of the University of St Andrews

7A The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
+44 1334 461660
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This is a splendid museum charting the history of the oldest university in Scotland. 600 years of... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Scot_On_Tour_10
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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Free and informative, this little museum has picturesque views of the sea from the rooftop, fun... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2018
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Washougal, Washington
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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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7A The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

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...More

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Musa S, Guest Relations Manager at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

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...More

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Musa S, Guest Relations Manager at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

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!More

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Musa S, Guest Relations Manager at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

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.More

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It was very interesting for the kids and a great history lesson. the kids can wear the gowns for a photograph

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

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.More

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

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...More

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

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...More

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

I love St. Andrews and the cafe is excellent with a great view and a nice selection of light bites. Staff are attentive and very quick service.More

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

I'm not sure that we are the venue you visited as we don't have a cafe facility although there are several excellent establishments in the vicinity of MUSA who do though so we're glad that you enjoyed your visit! I do hope that next time...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

First off - it's free! A small new museum which even if you are not going or been to the university is an interesting insight into the oldest seat of learning in Scotland. Plenty to see, touch and do. Balcony overlooking the sea presents a...More

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for your review of MUSA! We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and that your visit was interesting and you enjoyed the interactive elements of the tour. We strive to provide a variety of experiences within the galleries to ensure...More

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