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What's On

This is a selection of upcoming exhibitions, activities and events at MUSA's venues. For a full list of events please visit 


One World: Exploring Cultures Across Continents

Join us in exploring different cultures and traditions from across the world. Share your thoughts about the exhibition and tag your pictures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Remember to include  #MUSAOneWorld


Baby MUSA Time 

First Friday of the month, 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.   

Fri 4th March
Cars and Planes  
Fri 1st April Our Bodies
Fri 6th May Around the World
Fri 3rd June Seaside

MUSA Young Archaeologist 

Last Saturday of the month, 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.

Sat 27th February Stone Age Skills
Sat 30th April Travel and Trade
Sa 28th May The Incas
Sat 28th June

Surveying Sites

Out of the Box

Pop into MUSA and try a new 'Out of the Box' challenge each month. Take a closer look at objects, make a mask or check out your birth sign in the Chinese calendar. These self-led activities are available every Sunday and are fun for all the family! Please ask at Reception to get started on your learning journey. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

Chinese New Year

From Sunday 7th February

Did you know 2016 is the year of the monkey in the Chinese zodiac? Celebrate Chinese New Year with some traditional crafts, discover which animal you are and what that means!

Ancient Symbols

From Sunday 6th March

Can you find some mysterious symbols hidden in the artworks and objects in MUSA? Take rubbings and collect clues to discover their meaning.

Arty Saturdays

Come along to the Gateway Galleries and get stuck into an exciting new range of arty activities linked to the temporary exhibitions. Activities are suitable for all ages so bring along the whole family! Free, drop in, no booking required.

Arty Saturdays: Recording Scotland

9th January-27th February, 1-3pm (all ages)

Can you collage a croft or sketch a Scottish city? Draw, stick and build bonnie creations inspired by the Recording Scotland artworks on display.

Arty Saturdays: Skyward

12th March- 14th May, 1-3pm (all ages)

Are you fascinated by the magical world of birds? Ever dreamed of making your own wings to take to the skies? Drop in to the Skyward exhibition to colour, craft and create your own flights of fancy.

Arty Saturdays: Globetrotters

28th May - 20th August, 1-3pm (all ages)

Calling all adventurers! What would you most like to bring back from your travels? A sacred cup, a fish hook, a bell or a beastie perhaps? Design and make your own souvenirs inspired by the 2016 MUSA Young Artist Award.

Winter workshops

Peruvian Pottery

Weds 10th February, 1.30-2.15pm (ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30pm (ages 7-12)

Learn about the beliefs and customs of the Peruvian Incas from their pottery and make your own magical animal to protect your house. Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.

Fishing Challenge!

Thurs 11th February,  1.30-2.15pm (ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30pm (ages 7-12)

Many Recording Scotland artworks depict traditional fishing scenes. Modern-day landlubbers can find out if they have what it takes to be a fisherman in this event. Pit yourself against our fishy tasks to see if your team can make the catch of the day. Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free, but booking essential.

Shoebox Fife

Fri 12th February, 1.30-2.15pm (ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30pm (ages 7-12)

From pretty pastel terraces to imposing stone castles, the Kingdom of Fife has a look all of its own. Explore the different types of architecture that can be seen around the county and then try creating a building of your own or a miniature Fife village in a shoe box. Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free, but booking essential.

Bird Spotting

Sat 5th March, 1.30-3.30pm (all ages)

Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from MUSA and discover the joys of birdwatching. Ranger Tony Wilson will guide you in identifying and spotting birds. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions and sensible footwear. Starts and ends at MUSA. Suitable for all ages, but children should be accompanied by an adult. Free, but booking essential.


Walks and Talks

Booking information

To book please email or call 01334 46 1660.

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Exhibition Talks

One World Short Tours

Fri 22nd January, Tues 5th April, Mon 30th May, Thurs 23rd June (2.30-3pm)

See the highlights of the One World exhibition on one of our introductory tours led by MUSA curators and staff. With lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss interesting topics you're sure to pick up some gems! Held at MUSA. Free, no booking required.

War Artist: Alexander Zyw

Thurs 25th February, 5.30-6.15pm

As official war artist to the Polish Armed Forces, Alexander Zyw produced hundreds of sketches recording the daily lives of soldiers, sailors and airmen. Come along to the Gateway Galleries for this unique opportunity to hear his grandson, Tommy Zyw, discuss Alexander’s wartime career and experiences. Free, but booking required.

In Conversation with Kit Martin

Weds 23rd March, 5.30-6.15pm

Join the artist Kit Martin for an in-depth look at her work in Skyward. Kit will reflect upon her art, her processes amd the inspiration for her collection, James Bell Pettigrew. Discussion will be held at the Gateway Galleries in the Skyward exhibition space. Free, but booking required.

Objects Unpacked series

Meet curators, research staff and students at the MUSA Collections Centre, for the insider’s view on a range of different topics, from mathematical instruments to birds’ eggs. This is a great opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at the MUSA Collections Centre and find out how the University cares for its collection of over 112,000 objects. These talks will be held on the first Thursday of each month, MUSA Collections Centre. Free but booking essential.

University Life in the Past

Thurs 3rd March, 1.15-1.45pm

Dr Helen Rawson, Co-Director of Museum Collections, will explore University history, with a particular focus on student life and traditions, through the Heritage Collections. From the iconic red gown to the silver spoons and pewter from which students ate, come and discover more about life in the University over the centuries.

The Maths Collections

Thurs 7th April, 1.15-1.45pm

What do sextants, early calculators and a planisphere have in common? Join Dr Isobel Falconer to find out about the long history of mathematics at the University of St Andrews, and some of the fascinating instruments used to research and teach this subject.

Creative workshops

Photography Masterclass: Documenting St Andrews

Sat 20th February, 11.30-3.30pm

Take inspiration from the wartime ‘Recording Scotland’ project to explore your connection with St Andrews through the medium of digital photography. Artist Duncan Clark will share his experience of landscape photography and show you how to create interesting images in this hands-on workshop. Suitable for anyone with basic or more advanced photographic skills – just bring along a digital camera or phone and your enthusiasm! Free, but booking essential. Meet at the Gateway Galleries.

StAnza Poetry Workshop: Earthly Bodies

Weds 2nd March, 2-4.30pm

As part of StAnza’s Body of Poetry theme for 2016, experienced US poet, tutor and funeral director Thomas Lynch leads a writing workshop taking inspiration from MUSA’s collections. Thomas Lynch is also well known for his essays on ‘mortuary and literary arts’ and has contributed to the New York Times and Harper’s. He’ll take as his starting point a wonderful selection of body-related artefacts including a skull cast and forensic drawing, portraits, sculptures and sacred symbols for a workshop offering a unique creative writing experience. Held at MUSA. Tickets £7.00 on sale from January: or 01334 475000.

Guided Walks

Bird Spotting

Sat 5th March, 1.30-3.30pm

Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from MUSA and discover the joys of birdwatching. Ranger Tony Wilson will guide you in identifying and spotting birds. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions and sensible footwear. Starts and ends at MUSA. Suitable for all ages, but children should be accompanied by an adult. Free, but booking required.

Tree Walk

Sat 23rd April, 2-4pm

Do you know your oak from your ash and your beech from your birch? Have you any idea how old the trees around St Andrews are? Put on your walking gear and learn some tricks of the trade with countryside ranger Tony Wilson on this fascinating tree walk, which begins and ends at the Gateway Galleries. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Free, but booking required.


Immerse yourself in music and experience a different kind of concert venue with ‘Music in Museums’. Performances are free and suitable for all ages. No booking required.

Scholarship Ensembles

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


Sax Ensemble Sun 14th February, 2pm
Wind Quartet Sun 6th March, 2pm
McPherson Scholarship String Quartet Sun 10th April, 2pm