This is a selection of upcoming exhibitions, activities and events at MUSA's venues. For a full list of events please visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum/events/
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||
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
To book please email email@example.com or call 01334 46 1660.
Join the conversation about MUSA's newest exhibition on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by tagging #MUSAOneWorld
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.
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: www.stanzapoetry.org or 01334 475000.
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.
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.
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|