Museum of the University of St Andrews

Museum of the University of St Andrews
7a The Scores, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AR
  • Telephone 01334 461660
  • Opening times Apr–Oct: Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–4pm. Nov–Mar: Thu–Sun noon–4pm, Mon–Wed closed.
  • Admission Free.
  • Email
  • Website www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa
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Exploring the history of St Andrews and its University, with occasional art and photography exhibitions.

Fife Art & Craft Map

Listed in the Fife Art & Craft Maporder a print copy (free + p&p).

Across four galleries, permanent and temporary exhibitions reveal treasures from the Museum’s 112,000 item-strong collection, including fine and applied art, silver, textiles, furniture, chemistry and historic scientific instruments, all of which are recognised as collections of national significance by Museums Galleries Scotland. Subjects covered in each gallery include the medieval early history of the town and university, the history of the university across its life and some of the University’s achievements in the areas of the arts, divinity and science. There’s also a ‘learning loft’ for educational events, a gift shop and a viewing terrace with panoramic views over St Andrews Bay, while the Museum can be hired for private receptions and events.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access
  • Open since: 2008

Events at this venue

There are 24 events at this location

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African Drumming

Have a go at trying the djembe drum from West Africa at this fun and friendly workshop. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Booking is essential.

Sat 21 Oct

Free / 01334 461 663

  • 14:00 – 15:00

African Encounters

Travel back to colonial West Africa in the late 1800s and experience a day in the life of the villagers photographed by Henri Gaden. See if you can grind grain for bread, make pots and wash clothes without a machine, then kick back and relax with some African music and dance. Booking is essential.

Thu 19 Oct

Free / 01334 461 663

Ages 3–6.

  • 10:00 – 10:45

Free / 01334 461 663

Ages 7–12.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Archery Taster

Try your hand at archery with the help of coaches from the University’s Archery Club. Booking is essential.

Mon 31 Jul

Free / 01334 461660

Ages 4–6. Parents must stay.

  • 10:00 – 10:45

Free / 01334 461660

Ages 7–12. Parents can drop off kids at pre-booked workshops.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Baby MUSA

Monthly drop-in activity for pre-school children to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play. This drop-in activity is for babies, pre-school children and whoever looks after them.

Fri 4 Aug

Free / 01334461663

Weather

  • 10:15 – 11:15
  • 14:00 – 15:00

Fri 1 Sep

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Towns and Buildings

  • 10:15 – 11:15
  • 14:00 – 15:00

Fri 6 Oct

Free / 01334461663

Horses and Kelpies

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Free / 01334461663

  • 10:15 – 11:15
…and 2 more dates until 1 Dec

Big Draw: Living Lives

An afternoon of Victorian illusions where you can use the zoetrope and magic lantern to bring your drawings to life.

Mon 9 Oct

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Board Game Cafe

Whether you love the strategy of Risk or the simplicity of Snakes and Ladders, the MUSA Board Game Cafe has something for you. Play an old favourite or learn something new. Drinks and snacks provided.

Wed 2 Aug

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Busy Beeswax Candles

Beesy's Beeswax Candles hold a candle making workshop. Booking is essential.

Sat 2 Dec

Free / 01334 461660

  • 13:30 – 15:30

Explorathon

Join University of St Andrews researchers for an evening of discovery, debate and entertainment in celebration of European Researchers’ Night 2017.

Fri 29 Sep

Free / 01334 461 663

  • 17:30

Footprints and Flints: The Happisburgh Project

A talk on the ancient human footprints and flint tools found at Happisburgh in Norfolk, with Dr Richard Bates. Booking is essential.

Wed 8 Nov

Free / 01334 461660

  • 17:30 – 18:15

Ingenious Inventors

A chance to put on your thinking cap, dust off your drawing board and design a machine of the future, inspired by the gadgets and discoveries of the museum.

Thu 10 Aug

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Junior Geologists

A chance to discover more about the earth by conducting your own experiments on rock samples. Learn how rocks were formed and what they can tell us about how the world has changed over millions of years. Booking is essential.

Wed 26 Jul

Free / 01334 461660

Ages 3–6. Parents must stay.

  • 10:00 – 10:45

Free / 01334 461660

Ages 7–12. Parents can drop kids off at pre-booked workshops.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Kitchen Chemistry

Grab some kitchen ingredients and make stuff fizz, pop and whizz at this fun morning workshop. Booking is essential.

Wed 9 Aug

Free / 01334 461 663

Ages 4–6.

  • 10:00 – 10:45

Free / 01334 461 663

Ages 7–12

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Marvellous Mud Brick

Find out how people have transformed messy, mucky mud into the world’s most fantastic buildings then design your own marvellous mud brick model inspired by Gaden’s photographs of West Africa. Booking is essential.

Fri 17 Nov

Free / 01334 461 663

Ages 3–6.

  • 14:00 – 14:45

Free / 01334 461 663

Ages 7–12.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

MUSA Christmas Crafts

Drop-in sessions in which you can make tags, cards and decorations for Christmas.

Fri 8 Dec

Free / 01334 461 663

  • 12:30 – 14:00

MUSA Young Archaeologist

Develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past at these monthly sessions for ages 7–12.

Sat 26 Aug

Free / 01334 461660

Magnificent Metal

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sat 23 Sep

Free / 01334 461660

Ancient Art

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sat 28 Oct

Free / 01334 461660

Food and Drink

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sat 25 Nov

Free / 01334 461660

Stone Age Skills

  • 14:00 – 15:00

The Natural History of Birds

A tour of the Bell Pettigrew Museum, led by Curator Dr Carl Smith, looking at the amazing and varied world of birds. Booking is essential.

Sat 4 Nov

Free / 01334 461660

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Nearly Native, Barely Civilized: Henri Gaden’s Journey Across Colonial French Africa

Roy Dilley, Professor of Social Anthropology talks through Henri Gaden's experiences in West Africa over 45 years. Booking is essential.

Thu 2 Nov

Free / 01334 461660

  • 17:30 – 18:15

Out of the Box

Pop into MUSA and try a new 'Out of the Box' challenge each month. These self-led activities for families are available every Sunday. Ask at Reception to get started on your learning journey.

Sun 23 Jul

Free / 01334 461660

Medieval Maces

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Sun 30 Jul

Free / 01334 461660

Medieval Maces

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Sun 6 Aug

Free / 01334 461660

Kelpies

  • 13:00 – 15:00
…and 21 more dates until 31 Dec

St Andrews Scholarship Wind Quintet

Original works and light arrangements.

Sat 11 Nov

Free / 01334 461660

Part of Fringe of Gold.

  • 14:30 – 15:15

St Andrews Through Time Walk

A walk through the streets and St Andrews, taking in key sites that play a role in the town's history. Booking is essential.

Sat 29 Jul

Free / 01334 461 663

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Thu 14 Sep

Free / 01334 461 663

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Terrific Tiles

Create your own brightly coloured tile with a swirling pattern or paint your favourite picture at this fun workshop. Booking is essential.

Sat 7 Oct

Free / 01334 461 663

  • 13:00 – 14:00

Think Like An Animal

Discover more about how animals think and try some experiments yourself with the help of the University’s own philosophers and psychologists. Booking is essential.

Mon 14 Aug

Free / 01334 461 663

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Tremendous Tiles

An afternoon of pottery painting in which you can create your own tile to take home.

Sat 7 Oct

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:30 – 16:30

Victorian Games

Join MUSA for a fun-filled afternoon of Victorian games and activities.

Thu 3 Aug

Free / 01334 461660

Parents must stay with 3–6 year olds but can drop off 7–12 year olds at pre-booked workshops.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

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