Bell Pettigrew Museum

    © Craig Cockburn, University of St Andrews

    It is well worth seeking out this hidden treasure within the University of St Andrews – a Victorian collection of natural history which displays a huge volume of animals, birds and plants. It fascinates everyone who visits, from young children to serious students.

    As Sir David Attenborough said: “Packed full of treasures and wonders, the Bell Pettigrew is a spectacular reminder of how important a museum can be in the study of the natural sciences.”

    The Museum is located in the Bute Medical Building, accessed from St Mary’s College (South Street). It is open to the general public on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in July and August (2pm – 5 pm) and visits at other times can also be arranged by appointment.

    To find out more and check special opening times, visit