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NEW: Out of the Box 

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.

Out of the Box – Picture Puzzles 

Sun 15 February, 1-3pm (All ages)    

Take a closer look at the fantastic objects at MUSA. Zoom in with a magnifying glass to match the object to the picture.  

Out of the Box – To Infinity and Beyond 

Sun 15 March, 1-3pm (All ages) 

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


MUSA Young Archaeologist 

Sat 31 January to Sat 27 June, 2-3.30pm (Ages 7-12) 

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 andlearn about people of the past.  Free but booking essential.  

Vikings                 Sat 31 January     
Fact or Fiction      Sat 28 February    
Jewellery              Sat 28 March                   
Ancient Bones      Sat 25 April            
Aztecs                  Sat 30 May       
Cave Painting       Sat 27 June          


Winter workshops

Pull a Face 

Wed 11 February, 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

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.   

How do I work? Bizarre Bones

Thurs 12 February, 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

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. 

Every photograph has a story

Fri 13 February, 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

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. 


Adult Programme

Photography Masterclass                                 

Sat 14 February, 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.

A Merciful God and Pitiless Physicians: Medicine in the Age of the Reformation 

Thurs 26 February, 5.30-6.15pm

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

Cleft Lip: Myth and Modern Method

Thurs 5 March, 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. ‌

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

Tues 10 March, 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.