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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 http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum/events/ 

Booking information

All events and exhibitions are free but some must be booked. To book please email museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk or call 01334 46 1660.

If you would benefit from an audio description before or during an event please let us know at the time of booking.

 

Exhibitions

One World: Exploring Cultures across Continents

Until 19th February 2017
 
People have made their homes in almost every part of the world, from the poles to the equator. Explore the objects they make, the stories they tell and the environments they encounter as you journey across the continents. Discover how different cultures respond to the challenges we all face, from conflict to commerce and fishing to farming, through rarely seen items from across the globe.
 

Through a Glass Darkly: Perception of Art, Artefact and Context

Now open

See artefacts from the University’s collection of Cypriot Archaeology before examining 3D digital reproductions and getting hands on with copies of the objects.  This is also an opportunity to contribute to research in digital archaeology.  

 

Family Programme

Baby MUSA Time

First Friday of the month, 10:15am-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 enjoy time with your children.

Friday 3rd March           Space Explorers

Friday 7th April             Our Bodies

Friday 5th May              Plants and flowers

 

Out of the Box

Pop into MUSA and try a new ‘Out of the Box’ challenge each month. Follow a mystery trail, make a magical mask or check out your birth sign in the Chinese calendar. These self-led activities take place in the galleries or the Learning Loft most Sundays and are fun for all the family! Please ask at Reception to get started on your learning journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.
 
February    Chinese New Year
March        Spring Frieze
April           Victorian Mystery Trail
 

Winter Workshops

Big Ears, Little Ears Concert

MUSA
Friday 10th February, 10:30am-11:15am & 11:45am-12:30pm (3s & under)
 
Join musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to hear live performances upclose in a relaxed, tut-free, child-friendly atmosphere. Suitable for 0-3 years with accompanying adult. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential as places are limited. To book contact www.sco.org.uk or 01334 462228.
 

Wonderful Weaving

MUSA
Thursday 16th February, 1:30pm-2:15pm (3-6 years) & 2:30pm-3:30pm (7-12 years)
 
Over, under, over, under… Weave your own colourful creations inspired by our One World exhibition using wool, fabric or scraps of paper. Held at MUSA, free but booking essential.
 

Glorious Glass Paintings

MUSA
Friday 17th February, 1:30pm-2:15pm (3-6 years) & 2:30pm-3:30pm (7-12 years)
 
Check out the Indian glass paintings in MUSA and design a brightly coloured painting to catch the light in your bedroom window. You could base it on your favourite superhero, a cartoon character or magical animal – it’s up to you! Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.
 

Spring Workshops

Fun with the Phonograph

MUSA
Monday 3rd April, 2pm-3pm (All ages)
 
Try out some traditional Victorian arts and crafts while we listen to the phonograph, our 100 year-old music player! Inspired by our Victorian Visions exhibition. Free drop-in event at MUSA. Suitable for all ages though children should be accompanied by an adult.
 

Arches and Architecture

MUSA
Thursday 6th April, 10:30am-11:15am (3-6 years) & 11:30am-12:30pm (7-12 years)
 
Come and discover what old architects thought as they made some of the great buildings in St Andrews! Design and create your own maker’s mark and explore elements of architecture in Victorian Visions. Held at MUSA. Free but booking essential.
 

Victorian Mini-Golf

MUSA
Monday 10th April, 2pm-3pm (All ages)
 
Have a go at making your own golf ball, Victorian style! Then create a mini golf course to test them out on. Watch out for the sheep! Free drop-in event at MUSA. Suitable for all ages though children should be accompanied by an adult.
 

Pokémon GO Tour

MUSA
Thursday 13th April, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Gotta catch ‘em all at MUSA! Break up into teams and go on a Pokéventure around town with members of the MUSA team. Learn about architecture and history while visiting important Pokéstops. Lures will be set up at all historic sites. Meet at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
  
And much more. Download the programme for full details.
 
 

Adult Programme 

StAnza Creative Writing Workshop: Beyond the Atlas

MUSA
Wednesday 1st March, 2pm-4:30pm
 
This year we invite you to contemplate high places in the company of distinguished Scottish poet Valerie Gillies, who was makar to the city of Edinburgh from 2005 - 2008. Much of Valerie’s work is inspired by the Scottish landscape and she has worked collaboratively with visual artists in both indoor and outdoor settings. The starting point for this creative writing workshop will be a unique collection of colourful objects, used by the Berber communities of the Atlas mountain range. These were donated to MUSA by Dr Hamish Brown, Scottish mountaineer, photographer and writer. Held at MUSA. Tickets £7.00 on sale from late January: www.stanzapoetry.org or 01334 475000.
 

StAnza Musings@MUSA

MUSA
Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th March, 12pm-4pm
 
Discover the journeys taken in search of summits, seas, truth and teachings through four fascinating objects on display at MUSA. Create poetry inspired by the objects you encounter at this popular annual 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
 

Science Week: Shaken not Stirred?

MUSA
Wednesday 15th March, 5:30pm-7pm (Over 18s)
 
Why are some cocktails shaken, whilst others are stirred? Was James Bond wrong to shake his Martini? Join us at MUSA and tickle your taste buds with an evening of cocktail-making. Discover the science behind the mystical art of mixology. Over 18s only. Free, but booking essential. Held at MUSA.
 

‘Bedazzled’: MUSA’s Glamorous Shiny Stuff

MUSA
Wedsnesday 19th April, 5:30pm-6:15pm
 
Tales from medieval times often revolve around treasures, relics and the Holy Grail. Discover how and why shiny objects like the medieval maces held such power and charisma on this informal tour of MUSA. Presented by Bettina Bildhauer, Director of the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies in conversation with Alison Hadfield, Learning and Access Curator. Free, but booking required.
 

Lecture and Liquor

MUSA
Wednesday 26th April, 5:30pm-6:15pm (Over 18s)
 
To celebrate the opening of our Victorian Visions exhibition, we’ve invited the expert Dr. Robin Evetts to take you through the highlights of the Victorian period in St Andrews. This will be followed by mingling in the Learning Loft with a delicious drink inspired by the period. Held at MUSA. Over 18s only. Free, but booking required.
  
And much more. Download the programme for full details.

 

Performances

Big Ears, Little Ears Concert

MUSA
Friday 10th February, 10:30am-11:15am & 11:45am-12:30pm (3s & under)
 
Join musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to hear live performances up-close in a relaxed, tut-free, child-friendly atmosphere. Suitable for 0-3 years with accompanying adult. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential as places are limited. Contact www.sco.org.uk or 01334 462228.
 

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.
 

Saxophone Quartet

MUSA
Sunday 12th February, 2:30pm-3:15pm
 

Wind Quintet

MUSA
Sunday 5th March, 2:30pm-3:15pm