The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA)

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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.
MUSA

Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews

  • 17 March — 30 June 2018

Since its foundation in 1413, the
University of St Andrews has benefited
greatly from public generosity. Enduring
Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in
St Andrews explores a range of donations
and the motivations behind them,
revealing how these charitable acts
have shaped the University's existence.
Come and discover some of the most
influential personalities and fascinating
objects which have made the University
of St Andrews what it is today

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://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.
black and white photograph of a West African scene with camels.

Out of the Box; Africa

  • 21 January 2018 1-3pm
  • 28 January 2018 1-5pm

Pop into MUSA and try a new ‘Out of the Box’ challenge each month. Encounter African animals, celebrate Chinese New Year or upcycle everyday materials into something you can use at home!

January's' theme is 'Africa', inspired by our current temporary exhibition 'Encountering Africa'.
Find out about the vast continent of Africa. Learn about traditional jewellery by making your own, or help us complete our African savanna by drawing some West African wildlife!

These self-led activities are available on Sundays and are fun for all the family.

Please ask at Reception to get started.

Free drop-in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Printmaking

Precious Prints

  • 20 January 2018 1-3pm *on now

Join us at MUSA for an art activity that’s sure to fill you with creative energy! Learn the basics of linocut printmaking and discover how to make visually stimulating compositions inspired by a range of contemporary prints in our collection.

Suitable for all abilities.

Protective clothing provided but wearing old clothes is recommended.

Free but booking with MUSA essential.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

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

African Dance Taster

  • 28 January 2018 12-1pm

Come and try traditional, vibrant West African dance with Raquel Ribes from Dance Base. The live drumming and energetic movements will leave you uplifted and buzzing for the rest of your day!

Suitable for adults and young people aged 14+

No dance experience necessary.

Wear comfortable loose clothing and bare feet.

Free but booking essential

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

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

False colour image of a Galaxy

Astounding Astronomy

  • 1 February 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Take a closer look at the University’s observatory by joining us at the James Gregory Telescope.
The telescope is the largest in Scotland, and is used solely for research.
Built in Scotland, learn about the telescope’s 50 years in use and how hundreds of researchers have studied the night sky using it.

The observatory is located off Buchanan Gardens, surrounded by University playing fields.

Limited parking spaces available. Observatory can be contacted at: 01334 463291

Free but booking through MUSA is essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

University of St Andrews Observatory
Buchanan Gardens
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9LZ
Scotland

Getting there

Accessible from the B939 road from St Andrews towards Strathkinness. Located just off Buchanan Gardens, surrounded by the University playing fields.

Additional info

Parking is limited, it is recommended that visitors park on or near Buchanan gardens and walk to the observatory if possible.

Website

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

Children playing

Baby MUSA Time

  • 2 February 2018 10:15-11:15am
  • 2 March 2018 10:15-11:15am
  • 6 April 2018 10:15-11:15am
  • 4 May 2018 10:15-11:15am
  • 1 June 2018 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 babies, preschool children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and enjoy time with your children.

Each month has a different theme;

February: Dressing Up
March: Space Explorers
April: Funny Faces
May: Light and Dark
June: Our Bodies

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

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

Chinese Dragon Statue

Out of the Box; Chinese New Year

  • 4 February 2018 1-3pm
  • 18 February 2018 1-3pm
  • 25 February 2018 1-5pm

Pop into MUSA and try a new ‘Out of the Box’ challenge each month. Encounter African animals, celebrate Chinese New Year or upcycle everyday materials into something you can use at home!

Filled with lanterns, fireworks, and dragon dances, Chinese New Year celebrations are nothing but exciting! Celebrate this year by creating some festive artworks and finding out about zodiacs.

These self-led activities are available on Sundays and are fun for all the family.

Please ask at Reception to get started.
Free drop-in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Hetty Buchanan String Quartet

  • 11 February 2018 2:30-3:15pm

Immerse yourself in music at MUSA with the talented musicians of the University of St Andrews scholarship ensembles. The students work to create these unique concerts inspired by the objects on display at the museum.

Performances are held at MUSA and are suitable for all ages.

Free, no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Visitors viewing items in museum storeroom

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • 14 February 2018 1:15-2pm

As the Green Film Festival kicks off in St Andrews come behind-the-scenes at the MUSA Collections Center where you’ll be amazed by the imaginative re-use of packaging in everyday objects made by the Berbers of Morocco.

Held at the MUSA Collections Centre.

Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

MUSA Collections Centre
87 North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AE
Scotland

Getting there

Located next to the University Development Office and opposite the Police Station.

Additional info

Paid on-street parking available on North Street. Accessible Toilet available.

Website

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

Young child with woman playing a violin in the background

Big Ears, Little Ears Concert

  • 15 February 2018 10:30-11:15am, 11:45am-12:30pm

Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Trio to hear live performances upclose in a relaxed, tut-free, child-friendly atmosphere.

Suitable for 0-3 years with accompanying adult.

Free, but booking essential as places are limited.

Contact www.sco.org.uk for tickets.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 0-4

Website

http://www.sco.org.uk

Young girl making slime

Fun-damental Physics

  • 16 February 2018 2-3pm

Get messy and prove Newton wrong by discovering nonNewtonian liquids which misbehave and break Newton’s law of velocity. Or try making your own lava lamp without using heat and learn some fundamental physics along the way.
Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

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

Young girl making slime

Fun-damental Physics

  • 16 February 2018 1-1:45pm

Get messy and prove Newton wrong by discovering nonNewtonian liquids which misbehave and break Newton’s law of velocity. Or try making your own lava lamp without using heat and learn some fundamental physics along the way.
Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

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

Image of a galaxy

Super Star Solar Systems

  • 17 February 2018 2:30-3:30pm

For ages 7-12.
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. 5,4,3,2,1 blast off!
Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

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

Image of a galaxy

Super Star Solar Systems

  • 17 February 2018 1:30-2:15pm

For ages 3-6.
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. 5,4,3,2,1 blast off!
Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

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

Sea Urchin

Oddities and Unknowns Tour

  • 17 February 2018 11am-12pm

There are some unusual specimens in the Bell Pettigrew Museum store, and some that defy identification.
A selection of these specimens and body parts will be brought out for display, with prizes for anyone that can help us identify what they are! For Ages 7 +.

Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum.

Free, but advance booking required.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

The Bell Pettigrew Museum
School of Biology
Bute Medical Buildings
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TS
Scotland

Getting there

In St Marys Quad, off South Street. Signage will be available on the day.

Additional info

Limited Parking available

Website

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

Octopus

Marine Life Tour

  • 24 February 2018 11am-12pm

This tour will focus on the lives of animals that are associated with the sea. The marine environment is the largest habitat on earth and most major animal groups have marine representatives.
The collection of marine specimens in the museum is substantial, including specimens collected by William Carmichael McIntosh and D’Arcy Thompson, both major figures in the development of natural history at St Andrews.

Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum.

Free, but advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Bell Pettigrew Museum
School of Biology
Bute Medical Buildings
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TS
Scotland

Getting there

Located in St Marys' Quad, off South Street. Will be signposted on the day.

Website

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

MUSA

Deep Sea Creatures

  • 2 March 2018 1-3pm

What lurks in the deepest parts of the ocean? Join us as we dive into the deep blue sea and find out for yourself!
Surround yourself with the odd underwater creatures of the Bell Pettigrew Museum and bring your very own deep-sea creature to life!

Free, but booking essential.

10-10.45am (Ages 3-6)

11am-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Events are held in a variety of locations and are all free. Unless otherwise stated, parents must stay with 3-6 year olds, but may drop-off 7-12 year olds at pre-booked workshops.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 0-4

Website

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

Baby MUSA

Baby MUSA: Space Explorers

  • 2 March 2018 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 babies, preschool
children and whoever looks after
them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a
place to relax, park your buggy and enjoy
time with your children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

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

Out of the Box: Spring Time

  • 4 March 2018 1-3pm
  • 11 March 2018 1-3pm
  • 18 March 2018 1-3pm
  • 25 March 2018 1-3pm

Celebrate the passing of winter by making
some spring-inspired crafts. Design some
paper flowers and butterflies or create your
own spring-inspired cards for Mother’s Day.

These self-led activities are available on Sundays and are fun for all the family.

Please ask at Reception to get started.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Child completing spring themed colouring activity

Out of the Box; Spring-Time

  • 4 March 2018 1-3pm
  • 11 March 2018 1-3pm
  • 18 March 2018 1-3pm
  • 25 March 2018 1-3pm

Pop into MUSA and try a new ‘Out of the Box’ challenge each month. Encounter African animals, celebrate Chinese New Year or upcycle everyday materials into something you can use at home!

Celebrate the passing of winter by making some spring-inspired crafts. Design some paper flowers and butterflies or create your own spring-inspired cards for Mother’s Day.

These self-led activities are available on Sundays and are fun for all the family.

Please ask at Reception to get started.

Free drop-in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

StAnza Creative Writing

  • 7 March 2018 2-4:30pm

In this workshop,
led by the poet J.L.
Williams, we will
explore portraits,
self-portraits
and a collection
of masks and
figurines from
MUSA’s archaeology
and ethnography collection associated with
rituals for transporting people from one
world to another. Masks of the imagination
are employed by writers to create characters,
explore the self and discover new worlds.
We will write our way around and into these
objects and seek to echo their physicality,
history and transformational power in
poetry, while embracing the potential of
our own creative masks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Held at MUSA.
Tickets £7.00 on sale from mid-January:
www.stanzapoetry.org or 01334 475000.

Website

http://www.stanzapoetry.org

StAnza Book Group

  • 7 March 2018 2-4:30pm

Every March, StAnza’s spring festival brings
a wide range of poetry to St Andrews,
presenting poets from around the world. In
2018 the book group will launch at MUSA
to read and discuss some of the poets who
will feature at the festival. Members of
the School of English at the University and
StAnza will lead sessions each considering
the poetry of several poets.
For further information email stanza@stanzapoetry.org
or telephone 07391247661.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

StAnza Musings@MUSA

  • 8 — 11 March 2018

From skulls to self-portraits, create poetry
inspired by the objects you encounter
in MUSA at this popular event and share
it with us. Send your StAnza musings to
museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk and we’ll
share our favourites online! Free, drop-in,
no booking required. For more details see
www.stanzapoetry.org

Website

http://www.stanzapoetry.org

StAnza Digital Installation

  • 8 — 11 March 2018

Taking the 2018 Festival theme of
‘Borderlines’ and ‘The Self’, StAnza will
commission poets to respond to a selection
of related artefacts and artworks from the
University of St Andrews’ collections. Enjoy
the digital installation at the Byre Theatre,
Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer. For more
details see: www.stanzapoetry.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

MUSA film event

Paterson

  • 8 March 2018 From 10:30am

Having a daily sketching routine is as
important to an artist as writing is to a
poet. See how the Scottish artist, James
Watterston Herald (1859-1914) captured
everyday life in his colourful sketchbooks
now held in MUSA’s collection. As his friend
and patron John Taylor Ewen observed,
“to examine an artist’s sketchbook is to look
into the engine room of his creativity.”

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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.
You’ll have chance to see intriguing objects from behind-the-scenes of the museum and your ticket includes a cuppa and scone. Screenings begin at 10.30am and will be followed by a talk of approximately 15 minutes. Held at the Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Tickets £6. Tel. 01334 475000.

Website

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

MUSA

Wild About St Andrews

  • 10 March 2018 11am-3pm

Go wild about the wildlife here in St Andrews!
Join us and the Wild About Scotland bus for a fun-filled afternoon of
activities. Find out more about Scotland’s
native local wildlife and complete a minibeast
trail. You can also feast your eyes
on our fabulous zoology collection in
the Bell Pettigrew Museum! Free, dropin,
no booking required. Held inside and
outside the Bell Pettigrew Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

The Natural History of Parasites

  • 17 March — 17 April 2018

What do the botfly, bitterling and cuckoo
have in common? They are all parasites, living
off other organisms. About half of all species
are parasites or have a parasitic stage to their
life cycle, making it a common feature of the
natural world. This tour of the collection
will consider what makes a parasite, what
adaptations organisms show as parasites, and
how they evolve. Held at the Bell Pettigrew
Museum. Free but advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

MUSA

Electro-magnificent Science

  • 17 March 2018

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. Takes place at MUSA. Free, but
booking is essential.

1-1.45pm (Ages 3-6)

2-3pm (Ages 7-12)

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

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

MUSA

Walking Tour: ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’

  • 20 March 2018 6-7:30pm

The University of St Andrews is built on the
gifts of generous donors. 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.

Tour begins and ends at MUSA.

Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age
An image of a museum Armadillo exhibit

Out of the Box; Curious Creatures

  • 1 April 2018 1-3pm
  • 15 April 2018 1-3pm
  • 22 April 2018 1-3pm
  • 29 April 2018 1-3pm

Pop into MUSA and try a new ‘Out of the Box’ challenge each month. Encounter African animals, celebrate Chinese New Year or upcycle everyday materials into something you can use at home!

Take a closer look at the creatures inside the Cabinet of Curiosity. Are there any important animals that are missing? What would you add?
Make or draw a creature and show it off in a new cabinet filled with our visitors’ creations!

These self-led activities are available on Sundays and are fun for all the family.

Please ask at Reception to get started.
Free drop-in, no booking required

Suitable for

  • Any age

Out of the Box: Curious Creatures

  • 1 April 2018 1-3pm
  • 15 April 2018 1-3pm
  • 29 April 2018 1-3pm

Take a closer look at the creatures inside
the Cabinet of Curiosity. Are there any
important animals that are missing? What
would you add? Make or draw a creature and
show it off in a new cabinet filled with our
visitors’ creations!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Modern Masterpiece

  • 5 April 2018 1-3pm

Ever tried to turn an old piece of wood
into art? Have a look at our Boswell Art
Collection and try your hand at creating a
modern masterpiece using the weird and
wonderful techniques of the artists!
Held at MUSA, free, drop-in activity. Children should
be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

MUSA

Baby MUSA:Funny Faces

  • 6 April 2018 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 babies, preschool
children and whoever looks after
them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a
place to relax, park your buggy and enjoy
time with your children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

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

Saxophone Quartet

  • 8 April 2018 2:30-3:15pm

Immerse yourself in music at MUSA with
the talented musicians of the University
of St Andrews scholarship ensembles.
The students work to create these unique
concerts inspired by the objects on display
at the museum. Performances are held at
MUSA and are suitable for all ages. Free, no
need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Medieval Mosaics

  • 9 April 2018

Transport yourself to the magnificent
mosaic courtyard of the Great Palace of
Constantinople, which remained a mystery
until the University began digging in the
1950s. Uncover the hidden medieval mosaics
and create your very own mosaic fit for the
Emperor!

Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.

10-10.45am (Ages 3-6)

11am-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Events are held in a variety of locations and are all free. Unless otherwise stated, parents must stay with 3-6 year olds, but may drop-off 7-12 year olds at pre-booked workshops.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

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

Picture Yourself

  • 12 April 2018

Capture an image of yourself to last a
lifetime. Portraits are full of clues about
the person they depict. Come and unveil
the secrets of the grand portraits around
the University, and then create your own
to take home!

Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.

10-10.45am (Ages 3-6)

11am-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Events are held in a variety of locations and are all free. Unless otherwise stated, parents must stay with 3-6 year olds, but may drop-off 7-12 year olds at pre-booked workshops.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

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

‘The Women Who Shaped St Andrews’

  • 13 April 2018 7:15-8pm

Enjoy an exclusive screening of our short
documentary, ‘The Women Who Shaped
St Andrews’. Discover the legacies of
the powerful female benefactors who
influenced everything from natural history
research to student accommodation. Ponder
the reasons why stories of these women
are often ‘hidden’ from view, and join us
as we celebrate their contribution to the
University we know today. View the Enduring
Gifts exhibition before settling down to the
documentary. Refreshments will be provided.

Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

MUSA

Portrait Masterclass

  • 14 April 2018 2-4pm

Let our guest portrait painter, Mark H
Lawrence, teach you how to capture your
essence in the form of a self-portrait.
Artists and their subjects have long
used portraiture to present an image of
themselves as they wish to be remembered.
Learn the stories of some of the University’s
portraits, think about your visual legacy, and
create your own portrait.

Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

Birdspotting Walk

  • 21 April 2018 2-4pm

Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from
MUSA to discover which feathered friends
can be seen in St Andrews. Ranger Tony
Wilson will take you for a short walk along
the seashore and help you spot and identify
birds on the way. This walk begins and ends
at MUSA. Free but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Still Life Masterclass

  • 28 April 2018 2-4pm

Instil some life into your drawings at this
practical workshop using artefacts and
specimens from MUSA’s collection as a
still-life display. You’ll learn some tips and
tricks on how to make a structural drawing
and the basics of painting. Held at MUSA.
Suitable for all abilities. Free but booking
essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Baby MUSA: Light and Dark

  • 4 May 2018 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 babies, pre-
school children and whoever looks after
them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a
place to relax, park your buggy and enjoy
time with your children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

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

Sounding Out Astronomy

  • 5 May 2018 2:30-3:30pm

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. Part of the SHINE: Code for
Everything III installation. Free, no need
to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Out of the Box: Eco-Maynia

  • 6 May 2018 1-3pm
  • 13 May 2018 1-3pm
  • 20 May 2018 1-3pm
  • 27 May 2018 1-3pm

To promote MUSA’s eco-friendly goals we
are dedicating this month to upcycling.
Create a range of unique gifts, while
learning about how we can do more for
our environment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Children doing creative activities

Out of the Box; Eco-Maynia

  • 6 May 2018 1-3pm
  • 13 May 2018 1-3pm
  • 20 May 2018 1-3pm
  • 27 May 2018 1-3pm

Pop into MUSA and try a new ‘Out of the Box’ challenge each month. Encounter African animals, celebrate Chinese New Year or upcycle everyday materials into something you can use at home!

To promote MUSA’s eco-friendly goals we are dedicating this month to upcycling. Create a range of unique gifts, while learning about how we can do more for our environment.

These self-led activities are available on Sundays and are fun for all the family.

Please ask at Reception to get started.
Free drop-in, no booking required

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Medieval Mayhem

  • 7 May 2018 11am-3pm

Ever fancied travelling back in time to be
a monk, knight, queen or nun? Now’s your
chance! Join us for Medieval Mayhem to
witness thrilling weapons demonstrations,
face fierce foes in our catapult competition,
use virtual reality to explore St Andrews as
it looked 500 years ago, create your own
medieval manuscript and much more. Plus,
complete all the activities in your free
past-port to win a prize! Drop-in activities
for the whole family.

Held at MUSA. Free, no booking required.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

'Still Alice' Film & Talk

  • 10 May 2018 From 10:30am

As part of Dementia Awareness Week
we look at how museums are using their
collections and sensory experiences to work
with people living with dementia. Come
along and handle some objects from MUSA’s
collections and discover why they act as
touchstones to the past.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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.
You’ll have chance to see intriguing objects from behind-the-scenes of the museum and
your ticket includes a cuppa and scone.

Screenings begin at 10.30am and will be followed by a talk of approximately 15 minutes.

Held at the Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Tickets £6. Tel. 01334 475000.

Website

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

Ever to Excel Discovery Afternoon

  • 19 May 2018 From 2pm

Donating to a University like St Andrews
makes world-class research possible. Explore
some of this research with experts in the
Enduring Gifts gallery. They will highlight the
impact that the donations of St Andrews’
most generous benefactors have on research
today: from Art History to Medicine.
Refreshments will be provided. Held at
MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Young Archaeologists: Rotten Romans

  • 26 May 2018 2-3pm

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with
a trowel and a toothbrush? Then come and
join us for this month’s Young Archaeologists
workshop where we’ll be encountering
evidence of those Rotten Romans! Held at
MUSA, free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

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

St Andrews Through Time Walk

  • 28 May 2018 2-3:30pm

Discover the history of St Andrews and its
famous University on this stroll through the
streets. You’ll see some of the sites which
played a key role in St Andrews’ past and the
stories they have to tell. Walk length roughly
two miles. Please dress for all weathers and
meet at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Baby MUSA: Our Bodies

  • 1 June 2018 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 babies, pre-
school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a
place to relax, park your buggy and enjoy
time with your children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Out of the Box: Summer Solstice

  • 3 June 2018 1-3pm
  • 10 June 2018 1-3pm
  • 17 June 2018 1-3pm
  • 24 June 2018 1-3pm

Learn about the summer solstice and what
it means while creating some tropical crafts!
From exotic-fruit pencil holders to brighten
up your house to colourful pin-wheels to
take outside, we have summer covered!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Child crafting

Out of the Box; Summer Solstice

  • 3 June 2018 1-3pm
  • 10 June 2018 1-3pm
  • 17 June 2018 1-3pm
  • 24 June 2018 1-3pm

Pop into MUSA and try a new ‘Out of the Box’ challenge each month. Encounter African animals, celebrate Chinese New Year or upcycle everyday materials into something you can use at home!

Learn about the summer solstice and what it means while creating some tropical crafts! From exotic-fruit pencil holders to brighten up your house to colourful pin-wheels to take outside, we have summer covered!

These self-led activities are available on Sundays and are fun for all the family.

Please ask at Reception to get started.

Free drop-in, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Science of Sound

  • 4 June 2018

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

Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.

2-2.45pm (Ages 3-6)

3-4pm (Ages 7-12)

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

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

'Dunkirk' Film & Talk

  • 7 June 2018 From 10:30am

Catch a glimpse of Scotland’s landscapes,
buildings and livelihoods depicted in the
University’s Recording Scotland Collection
and discover why artists were enlisted
during the Second World War to create this
important visual archive.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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.
You’ll have chance to see intriguing objects from behind-the-scenes of the museum and
your ticket includes a cuppa and scone. Screenings begin at 10.30am and will be followed by a talk of approximately 15 minutes.

Held at the Byre Theatre, Abbey Street
Tickets £6. Tel. 01334 475000.

Website

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

St Andrews Through Time Walk

  • 16 June 2018 From 2pm

Discover the history of St Andrews and its
famous University on this stroll through the
streets. You’ll see some of the sites which
played a key role in St Andrews’ past and the
stories they have to tell. Walk length roughly
two miles. Please dress for all weathers and
meet at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Rockpooling

  • 17 June 2018 From 2pm

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. Children must
be accompanied by an adult. Please bring
wind/waterproof layers and be prepared for
uneven, slippery ground. Walk begins and
ends at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Website

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

Young Archaeologists: Curious Clothing

  • 30 June 2018 2-3pm

Have you got the curiosity and the patience
to piece together evidence from the
past? Then join us for this month’s Young
Archaeologists workshop where we’ll be
finding out what our ancestors looked like
– from clothes and jewellery to armour and
make-up, you won’t believe some of the
freaky fashions! Held at MUSA, free, but
booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

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

The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA)
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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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