The Wardlaw Museum, based in the University of St Andrews, will be under renovation until spring 2020. However, there are still events going on during the refurbishment.
The Wardlaw museum, also known as the museum of the University of St Andrews, or MUSA, has a collection that has been grown over six centuries. The items are selected to illustrate the history of the university. There are several items that are particular significance for the university and chart its growth and development as an institution of higher learning. With St Andrews being the first university founded in Scotland, back in 1413 there is a lot of history to celebrate.
Among the collection are some medieval maces, 70 silver archery medals and a range of artworks. The views from the museum allow you to see the beautiful panoramic vista out over the bay of St Andrews.
Once the renovation is complete, the museum will have been greatly expanded. This will allow for more varied temporary exhibitions. So make sure to check out their website before you go to see what new and exciting exhibits await you. You will also be able to find out who the current artist in residence is. The museum is looking forward to being able to provide opportunities for local artists to showcase and develop their work.
As well as the improvements to the museum that will allow for better preservation of artefacts, there will also be a lovely new foyer area better suited to hosting groups and a new and improved retail area. If you can, make plans to visit once the renovations are complete to get the new Wardlaw Museum experience.
The museum is open every day of the week. Monday to Friday it opens at 11 am and closes at 7 pm. On the weekends, the opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. It’s really easy to get to the museum from the centre of town. If you start from the castle, you just need to head along The Scores, and you’ll soon come across the museum.