St Andrews Museum is housed in an exquisite Victorian Mansion. Built in 1855, the beautiful building was originally a private residence. It is now home to a varied calendar of exhibits and events.
The Arrival Gallery is where the program events are held. These include talks, concerts and travelling exhibits. These exhibits are an eclectic mix and can consist of displays of Scottish art and design, or animation or even the history of mark-making in Scotland. The rotating displays mean that St Andrews Museum is an excellent place for repeat visits as you are always going to see something new.
The Kinburn Gallery also has a rotating display. Some of these artworks can be viewed online, allowing you the chance to get a sneak preview at some of the pieces you can see.
There is a permanent exhibit that explores the history of the town. There is a selection of artefacts and images that tell the story of the area — starting in the 12th Century all the way to modern-day. You can learn about how St Andrews became both a university hub and the home of golf.
For children, there is an activity centre as well as the Kaleidoscope Gallery. Workshops are often held here as well. Check the website before you go for more details.
The museum opens at 10.30 am and closes at 4 pm. In the summer, April to September, the museum is open Monday to Saturday. The rest of the year it opens from Wednesday to Saturday.
Admission is free, making this a cheap day out. There is also WiFi on-site, so you don’t have to worry about being completely unplugged from the world.
There is a lovely cafe at the museum. You can get light meals and snacks here. The scones are definitely worth trying.
The museum shop carries a range of unique arts and crafts. You can pick up a one of a kind piece of Scottish art, a gift for a loved one or a small souvenir to remember your visit.
The museum is located in Kinburn Park. There is parking available on site.