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Family programme    

Baby MUSA Time

First Friday of the month from 7 February, 10-11am

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. 

New themed sessions for 2014:

2 May  Garden

6 June  Weather


MUSA Young Archaeologist

Saturday 29 March to Sun 29 June, 2-3.30pm (7-12yrs)

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

26 April    Cave Art

31 May     Ancient Bones

29 June    Egyptians


Spring workshops

Art Cart: Frame it!

Mon 5 May, 1-3pm (all ages)

Make and decorate a frame for your favourite family photo. Frames will fit 6 x 4 inch prints. Perfect for a Father's Day gift. Held at MUSA, no booking required.

University Challenge

Sat 17 May, 11am-12pm (all ages)

Do you have what it takes to be a future student at St Andrews? Take part in this treasure trail with a twist and discover the highs and lows of student life as you make your way to our secret destinations around the town. Begins and ends at MUSA where you can don a gown and graduate! Free, no booking required. Children should be accompanied by an adult. 

Beautiful Beads

Mon 2 June, 10.30-11.15am (3-6 yrs), 11.45-12.45pm (7-12 yrs)

Who said you have to buy beads? Learn easy ways to make your own beautiful beads with everyday materials in this fun, hands-on workshop. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Art Cart: Paper People

Sun 15 June, 1-3pm (all ages)

Design your own University costume for a paper doll to take home or help us make a giant graduation crowd for MUSA - the choice is yours. Held at MUSA. Free, drop-in, no booking required.


Adult Spring/Summer programme

Object Handling: Historic Scientific Instruments 

Sat 10 May, 2-3pm

Join the curators of ‘Making Waves’ to handle and learn about some of the objects from the University’s Recognised Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments, which played an integral part in the development of our understanding of acoustics. Held at MUSA. Free but booking essential.  

Medieval Meander

Sat 21 June, 2-3.30pm

Chera Cole, a PhD student in the School of English for Medieval Literature, takes you on a tour of Medieval St Andrews. Free, but booking essential. Starts at MUSA.



Make a Nuno Scarf

Fri 16 May, 2-4pm

At this hands-on workshop led by Twist Fibre Craft Studio you'll create a beautiful light-weight scarf inspired by colours, patterns and shapes on costumes on display in MUSA. You'll learn a simple felting technique incorporating dyed cotton fabrics and a selection of dyed merino and silk fibres. Wear old clothes. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.       

Portrait Painting Class: 'The Eyes Have It'

Sat 17 May, 2-4pm

If you have ever fancied painting a portrait but are not sure where to begin, come along to this inspiring session with professional artist Sophie McKay Knight. Explore how to create a portrait and learn what is involved in making an interesting figurative piece of art. Based on the exhibition 'May They Always Flourish', this will be an absorbing hands-on worjshop using a variety of media. Held at MUSA, Free, but booking essential.

Craft Class: Amazing Accessories

Fri 27 June, 1-2pm

Glam up your old hairbands, bobbles and combs using a selection of colourful beads, buttons and embroidery threads in this informal lunchtime workshop. Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.  



How to Graduate

Weds 16 April, 5-6pm

Join local comedians to take a humorous look at how (not) to graduate. What happens if you forget your name? What are the dangers of standing up too quickly? And why shouldn’t you wave at your tutor as you cross the stage? Featuring stories from those who have failed to graduate without a hitch, this event will help you to do so flawlessly. This free event at MUSA isn’t just for those who will graduate - all are welcome, but booking is essential. 

Music by The Madrigal Society

Fri 16 May, 5.30-6.30pm

Celebrate Spring and the Festival of Museums with a selection of sunny music by the University of St Andrews Madrigal Group. Their programme will include Romantic English part-songs, Scottish folk songs and the Gaudeamus, traditionally performed at University graduations. Held at MUSA. Free, no booking required.