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 21 events at this location

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African Dance Taster

Come and try traditional, vibrant West African dance with Raquel Ribes from Dance Base. Suitable for adults and young people aged 14+. Booking is essential.

Sun 28 Jan

Free / 01334 461660

  • 12:00 – 13:00

Baby MUSA Time

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 2 Feb

Free / 01334 461663

Baby MUSA Time: Dressing Up

  • 10:00 – 11:00

Fri 2 Mar

Free / 01334 461663

Baby MUSA Time: Space Explorers

  • 10:15 – 11:15

Fri 6 Apr

Free / 01334 461663

Baby MUSA Time: Funny Faces

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

Between Worlds: Writing with Masks - JL Williams

"In this workshop, led by the poet JL Williams, we will explore portraits, self-portraits and a collection of masks and figurines from MUSA's (the Museum of St Andrews University’s) archaeology and ethnography collection associated with rituals for transporting people from one world to another. Masks of the imagination…

Wed 7 Mar

£7.50 / 01334 461660

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Big Ears, Little Ears

In the classical music equivalent of a parent & baby screening, the SCO plays a short concert of much-loved classics in a baby-friendly environment; nobody will raise an eyebrow if your little one provides vocal encouragement.

Thu 15 Feb

Free / 01334 461660

  • 11:30 – 12:15
  • 11:45 – 12:30

Birdspotting Walk

Ranger Tony Wilson leads a walk along the seashore to try and spot birds.

Sat 21 Apr

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Dunkirk

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Written by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles

Survival story set during the battle of Dunkirk in WWII. The younger cast members acquit themselves admirably, including pop star Harry Styles; and, in its uncomfortable depiction of frightened men looking to save their own skin, this is far from straightforwardly patriotic fare. As he delivers non-stop visual audacity…

Thu 7 Jun

£6 includes hot drink and scone / 01334 461660

Screening of 'Dunkirk' followed by discussion of the 'Recording Scotland' art collection. For this unique series of events MUSA has teamed up with the Byre Film Club to bring you some of your favourite films paired with a curator’s talk on an associated topic.

  • 10:30 – 13:00

Electro-magnificent Science

Come to MUSA to learn about the wonders of magnetism (and its radiation) through ultraviolet paint and magnets. Make your own ultraviolet painting and discover the link between electromagnetic radiation and walkie-talkies. Booking is essential.

Sat 17 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

Ages 3–6.

  • 13:00 – 13:45

Free / 01334 461660

Ages 7–12.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Ever to Excel Discovery Afternoon

Donating to a University like St Andrews makes world-class research possible. Explore some of this research with experts in the Enduring Gifts gallery. Booking is essential.

Sat 19 May

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Fun-damental Physics

Get messy and prove Newton wrong by discovering non-Newtonian liquids which misbehave and break Newton’s law of velocity. Suitable for ages 7–12. Booking is essential.

Fri 16 Feb

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Medieval Mayhem

Step back in time at this family fun day with the chance to build a catapult, design your own family heraldry and enjoy some medieval music.

Mon 7 May

Free / 01334 461660

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Musings@MUSA

Visit MUSA, the Museum of the University of St Andrews, anytime between 12:00 and 16:00 during the festival and let them introduce you to a special artefact. Create poetry inspired by the objects you encounter and share it with us. Send your StAnza musings to museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk and we'll share our favourites…

Thu 8 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Fri 9 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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 21 Jan

Free / 01334 461660

Out of the Box: Africa

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Sun 28 Jan

Free / 01334 461660

Out of the Box: Africa

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Sun 4 Feb

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 16:00
…and 18 more dates until 24 Jun

Precious Prints

Learn the basics of linocut printmaking and discover how to make visually stimulating compositions inspired by a range of contemporary prints in the collection. Suitable for all abilities. Booking is essential.

Sat 20 Jan

Free / 01334 461660

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Rockpooling

Explore the magical under sea world of rock pools. Stick on your wellies and search for crabs, anemones and shrimps below the walls of St Andrews Castle. Booking is essential.

Sun 17 Jun

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Science of Sound

Find out how sound works by carrying out lots of fun experiments in the science classroom. Play games and make your own scientific equipment to learn about the properties of sound. Booking is essential.

Mon 4 Jun

Free / 01334 461660

For ages 3–6.

  • 14:00 – 14:45

Free / 01334 461660

For ages 7–12.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Sounding Out Astronomy

Postgraduate Astronomy students from the University of St Andrews collaborate with composers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to produce six new compositions performed by the St Andrews New Music Ensemble.

Sat 5 May

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:30 – 15:30

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.

Mon 28 May

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 16 Jun

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 15:30

‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ Walking Tour

Take a peek behind the scenes in some of St Andrews’ most famous landmarks and discover the tales of those whose lives have shaped the town. Booking is essential.

Tue 20 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

  • 18:00 – 19:30

StAnza Musings@MUSA

Explore objects on display at MUSA and create poetry inspired by them.

Thu 8 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Fri 9 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sat 10 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 11 Mar

Free / 01334 461660

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Super Star Solar Systems

Make up rhymes to remember the order of the planets in our solar system and then try making your own travel-sized model. Learn how to make and launch your own rocket by experimenting with common household items. Booking is essential.

Sat 17 Feb

Free / 01334 461660

For ages 3–6.

  • 13:30 – 14:15

Free / 01334 461660

For ages 7–12.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Young Archaeologists

Develop your archaeology skills and discover fascinating facts about people of the past. Suitable for ages 7–12. Booking is essential.

Sat 26 May

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sat 30 Jun

Free / 01334 461660

  • 14:00 – 15:00

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