The Museum of the University of St Andrews

The Museum of the University of St Andrews
7a The Scores
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AR
Scotland

Website

www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/

E-mail

museumenquiries@st-andrews.ac.uk

Telephone

01334 461660

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MUSA tells the story of the history of the University of St Andrews. On display you can see highlights from the University's collection of over 112,000 artefacts. The museum has four galleries and a Viewing Terrace with panoramic views over St Andrews Bay.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Summer (1 April - 31 October)
Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm

Winter (1November - 31 March)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Admission charges

Free admission

Collection details

Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of exhibition poster for Doctors in the Making

Doctors in the Making: Medicine at St Andrews

  • 17 October 2014 — 19 April 2015 *on now

How have doctors learned to keep us fit and healthy? In this exhibition you’ll discover how our knowledge of the human body and healthcare has developed over time. Rarely seen items from the University’s medical collections reveal the role St Andrews has played in pioneering life-changing medical discoveries. They show how technology, equipment and the human body itself have changed the ways in which doctors treat us.

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Baby MUSA Time

  • 9 January 2015 10:15-11:15am

Held every month, Baby MUSA Time allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play. This drop-in activity is for pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and have a tea or coffee.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Flore’s Photos

  • 17 January 2015 2-3pm

Find out about the work of Flore Gardner by making your very own unique piece of art! Use lots of different materials and imaginative techniques to give a photograph a new and powerful message. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Out of the Box

  • 18 January 2015 1-3pm

Pop into MUSA for our new Out of the Box activity in the galleries each month. Look inside the box to kick-start an exciting challenge, activity or craft. Take a closer look at objects, navigate the museum or solve the clues of our rhyming riddles. This is fun for all your friends and family.

Activities are self-led, but MUSA staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

How do I work? Eerie Ears

  • 24 January 2015 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm

Can you hear me? Yes? But how? Explore how sound gets from the outside world, through our ears and into our brains. You’ll also discover the other vital role this tiny part of the body plays in our everyday life. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking is essential. 1-2pm (Ages 3-6), 2:30-3:30pm (Ages 7-12)

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Young Archaeologists

  • 31 January 2015 2-3:30pm

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush? Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past. Free but booking essential. Ages 7-12.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Baby MUSA Time

  • 6 February 2015 10:15-11:15am

Held every month, Baby MUSA Time allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play. This drop-in activity is for pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and have a tea or coffee.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Scholarship Saxophone Quartet

  • 8 February 2015 2-3:30pm

Immerse yourself in music at MUSA and listen to talented musicians at the museum. The University of St Andrews’ different Scholarship ensembles have worked to create and play marvelous music inspired by our collections. Treat yourself and your family to an enjoyable afternoon, suitable for all ages. Held at MUSA. Free, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Pull a face

  • 11 February 2015 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm

Change the way that people see you by designing and decorating your own magnificent mask! Be inspired by the art of Flore Gardner by showing new emotions, adopting the guise of a fictional character or taking on several identities at once! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Bizarre Bones

  • 12 February 2015 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm

Without bones we’d be a heap of skin, muscles and guts rolling around on the floor. We couldn’t walk, we couldn’t sit, we couldn’t do much at all! Find out what our bones do and meet a real skeleton. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Every photograph has a story

  • 13 February 2015 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm

Explore the work of Flore Gardner at our special drama workshop! Create and act out your own performance that is inspired by her art with the help of actors from the Mermaids Theatre Group. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Photography Masterclass

  • 14 February 2015 1-2:30pm

Come along to MUSA for a special photography masterclass provided by the St Andrews Photographic Society. Learn how to take striking photographs before heading out into the town to put your skills into practice! Participants should bring a camera or smartphone. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Out of the Box

  • 15 February 2015 1-3pm

Pop into MUSA for our new Out of the Box activity in the galleries each month. Look inside the box to kick-start an exciting challenge, activity or craft. Take a closer look at objects, navigate the museum or solve the clues of our rhyming riddles. This is fun for all your friends and family.

Activities are self-led, but MUSA staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

A Merciful God and Pitiless Physicians

  • 26 February 2015 5:30-6:15pm

Join Mark Elkins, a former surgeon turned PhD student in the history of early modern medicine, to investigate how religion influenced doctors and how doctors treated patients at the time of the Reformation. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Young Archaeologists

  • 28 February 2015 2-3:30pm

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush? Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past. Free but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Cleft Lip: Myth and Modern Method

  • 5 March 2015 5:30-6:15pm

Join Professor Arthur Morris OBE, a specialist in reconstructive surgery, to hear about the controversy and treatment of the cleft lip. Held at MUSA. Free, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

StAnza Musings @ MUSA

  • 5 — 8 March 2015

Let your mind wander around the objects and stories at MUSA at this popular annual event. Use objects from our handling collection to touch, see, smell and listen. Create poetry inspired by what you encounter and share it with us!

Send your StAnza musings to museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk and it might even be put on display! Free, drop-in, no booking required. For more details see: www.stanzapoetry.org

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Scholarship Wind Quintet

  • 8 March 2015 2-3:30pm

Immerse yourself in music at MUSA and listen to talented musicians at the museum. The University of St Andrews’ different Scholarship ensembles have worked to create and play marvellous music inspired by our collections. Treat yourself and your family to an enjoyable afternoon, suitable for all ages. Held at MUSA. Free, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

DNA and beyond: will we be any healthier in the age of big data?

  • 10 March 2015 5:30-6:15pm

Does the large amount of information we have about our bodies, including our genome and DNA, actually help us to become healthier? Join Professor David Harrison, Chair of Pathology and Director of Research in the School of Medicine, to discover the challenges researchers and medical practitioners face when making what we know useful.

Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Doctor for a Day

  • 14 March 2015 2:30-3:30pm

What is it like to be a doctor? Find out by coming along to MUSA to learn the tricks of the trade! Learn how to take a pulse and measure blood pressure, and make your own stethoscope and doctor’s bag. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Doctor for a Day

  • 14 March 2015 1-2pm

What is it like to be a doctor? Find out by coming along to MUSA to learn the tricks of the trade! Learn how to take a pulse and measure blood pressure, and make your own stethoscope and doctor’s bag. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Out of the Box

  • 15 March 2015 1-3pm

Look to the stars like the people of the past. Can you work out the constellations to navigate your way around the museum?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Street Food Science Busking

  • 16 March 2015 1-4pm

Do you know how to pick up cereal with a magnet or how to power a light bulb with a lemon? Do this and loads of other fun food-based experiments by visiting us in Church Square, St Andrews! Free drop-in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Microscopic Musings

  • 18 March 2015 5:30-7pm

Put the food you eat under the microscope at this exciting hands-on event. Make your own slides, investigate the structures of different foods and find out how microscopes are used in scientific research today. Held at MUSA. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Brilliant Beer

  • 20 March 2015 5:30-7pm

The team from Eden Brewery are coming to MUSA to talk about the science of beer. Join us in the Learning Loft to find out about their brewing techniques and key ingredients, then give your taste buds a treat with a tasting session afterwards. Free, but booking essential. Over 18s only.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Scientific Sugar

  • 22 March 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Follow in the footsteps of the famous St Andrews scientist and Principal Sir James Irvine, by carrying out incredible experiments using sugar! Build sugar density towers, create colourful crystals and make sugary drinks disappear! Great for the teeth and the waistline! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Scientific Sugar

  • 22 March 2015 1-2pm

Follow in the footsteps of the famous St Andrews scientist and Principal Sir James Irvine, by carrying out incredible experiments using sugar! Build sugar density towers, create colourful crystals and make sugary drinks disappear! Great for the teeth and the waistline! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Young Archaeologists

  • 28 March 2015 2-3:30pm

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush? Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past. Free but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

"Up!"

  • 29 March 2015 2-4pm

Carl Fredricksen is an elderly and very grouchy widower with not a friend in his neighbourhood. When Russell, a young Scout, comes calling to do a good turn he gets much more than he bargained for, inadvertently becoming a part of Carl’s plan to tie thousands of balloons to his home, float away to the wilds of South America and fulfil a promise made many years previously to the love of his life.

Join us after the film as we blow up our own colourful balloons. Watch out in case the museum floats away!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Baby MUSA Time

  • 3 April 2015 10:15-11:15am

Held every month, Baby MUSA Time allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play. This drop-in activity is for pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and have a tea or coffee.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

"The Secrets of Kells"

  • 3 April 2015 2-4pm

This beautiful film, which brings vividly to life the colourful and intricate illuminated designs and illustrations of the 7th century Irish Book of Kells, received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2010.

After seeing the film, create your own illuminated manuscript, just like the Book of Kells. Why not look around MUSA to find pattern and detail in our own mediaeval collection?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Out of the Box

  • 5 April 2015 1-3pm

Who are the clever people featured in the museum’s displays? Hunt the Egg Heads throughout MUSA. Find out facts about these noteworthy people who have studied and taught at the University of St Andrews.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

How do I work? Perfect Poo

  • 9 April 2015 2:30-3:30pm

We know what food looks like when it goes into our body and we know what it looks like when it comes out. But what happens in between? And why do things sometimes go wrong? Find out using some exciting experiments. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

How do I work? Perfect Poo

  • 9 April 2015 1-2pm

We know what food looks like when it goes into our body and we know what it looks like when it comes out. But what happens in between? And why do things sometimes go wrong? Find out using some exciting experiments. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Up, Up and Away

  • 10 April 2015 11am-12pm

Do you have what it takes to build and fly your own plane? Join us for an aeroplane-themed arts and crafts morning! Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Up, Up and Away

  • 10 April 2015 10-10:45am

Do you have what it takes to build and fly your own plane? Join us for an aeroplane-themed arts and crafts morning! Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Hetty Buchanan Scholarship String Quartet

  • 12 April 2015 2-3:30pm

Immerse yourself in music at MUSA and listen to talented musicians at the museum. The University of St Andrews’ different Scholarship ensembles have worked to create and play marvellous music inspired by our collections. Treat yourself and your family to an enjoyable afternoon, suitable for all ages. Held at MUSA. Free, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

How do I work? Wonderful Wee

  • 16 April 2015 1-2pm

What happens if we don’t drink enough? And what can our wee tell us about our health? Join us for some fascinating experiments that reveal the secrets of the human bladder. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Brilliant Blood

  • 18 April 2015 2:30-3:30pm

What’s the point of blood? How does it move around the body? To find out, join us, help us make a heart and see how it works when we look after it properly (and what happens when we don’t). Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

How do I work?: Brilliant Blood

  • 18 April 2015 1-2pm

What’s the point of blood? How does it move around the body? To find out, join us, help us make a heart and see how it works when we look after it properly (and what happens when we don’t). Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Young Archaeologists

  • 25 April 2015 2-1:30pm

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush? Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past. Free but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Baby MUSA

  • 1 May 2015 10:15-11:15am

Held every month, Baby MUSA Time allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play. This drop-in activity is for pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and have a tea or coffee.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Medieval Mayhem

  • 4 May 2015 11am-4pm

Travel back in time to auld Medieval Scotland. Make your own armour, design your family heraldry and see how far our home-made catapult will launch balls of paper. Drop-in activities for all the family. Free, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Out of the Box

  • 10 May 2015 1-3pm

Never mind Out of the Box, how about out of the museum? Start you pilgrimage at MUSA where you can gather equipment and make a map to set you on your way around St Andrews.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

V&A Dundee Talk - Philip Long

  • 20 May 2015 5:30-6:15pm

Come hear about the upcoming V&A Museum of Design from its Director, Philip Long. Like the new Recording Britain exhibition, the new museum seeks to preserve the past but looks forward to the future. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Young Archaeologists

  • 30 May 2015 2-3:30pm

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush? Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past. Free but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/.

Plant Hunters

  • 31 May 2015 1-3pm

Whether cooking, medicine or perfume, you use herbs every day! Become a Plant Hunter and search for herbs at St Andrews Botanic Garden. Look through the Herb Garden with Tony Wilson and touch and smell plants to guess what they are used for. Held in association with St Andrews Botanic Garden. Meet at main entrance of the garden, Canongate. Free, but booking essential. Please contact MUSA to reserve places.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Baby MUSA Time

  • 5 June 2015 10:15-11:15am

Held every month, Baby MUSA Time allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play. This drop-in activity is for pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and have a tea or coffee.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Out of the Box

  • 14 June 2015 1-3pm

Well done, you’ve finished your time at University. Wait! The hard work is not over because you need to graduate.

Tick off the list of tasks from the box in order to graduate and get your degree. Can you do it all in time?

Activities are self-led, but MUSA staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Creative Workshops

  • 20 June 2015 1-3:30pm

Unleash your imagination and create your own piece of abstract art. Take a look at some abstract artworks from our collection and learn some new techniques to fire your painting. Try using acrylic paints and enjoy the fun and freedom that abstract painting allows. Great for beginners. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

Young Archaeologists

  • 27 June 2015 2-3:30pm

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush? Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past. Free but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/whatson/

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