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All events are free but some must be booked. To book an event email or call 01334 46 1660. Please include an emergency contact number with your booking.

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


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 1st July           Buildings

Friday 5th August     Teddy Bears' Picnic


MUSA Young Archaeologists

Final Saturday of the month, 2pm-3pm (7 - 12 years)
Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush? Then these events are for you! From August you can join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past. Free, but booking essential.
Saturday 25th June Surveying Sites
Saturday 27th August Potty about Pots
Saturday 29th October Extraordinary Egyptians


Out of the Box: Graduation

Every Sunday in June, 1pm-3pm (All ages)
Well done, you’ve finished your time at University. Wait! The hard work is not over because you need to graduate. Tick off the list of tasks from the box in order to graduate and get your degree. Can you do it all in time?


Arty Saturdays: Globetrotters

Gateway Galleries
Every Saturday in June, 1pm-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.

Summer workshops

Science Week: Cunning Camouflage

Monday 4th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Spotty and stripy, lumpy and bumpy, animals around the world have evolved in a range of clever ways to blend in to their surroundings! Join us in the Bell Pettigrew Museum to find out how animals use camouflage to hunt or hide, and then see if you can create a cunningly camouflaged creature of your own. Free, but booking essential.


Science Week: Kitchen Science

Wednesday 6th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Our MUSA scientists have been hard at work creating amazing experiments with ingredients straight from the kitchen! Have a go at writing with invisible ink, creating a cola fountain and erupting a vinegar volcano. We’ll provide the lab coats because things will get messy! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Science Week: Build a Boat

Thursday 7th July, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
What makes a boat sink or swim? Join us at MUSA where our boat building ‘experts’ are on hand to help you create the ship of your dreams. Then head to the beach to find out whether you’ll be living a life on the open waves or heading down to Davy Jones’ locker. Free, drop-in. Suitable for all ages but children should be accompanied by an adult.

Art and Craft Week: World of Watercolour

Monday 11th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Whether it’s the icy climbs of the Arctic or the bright colours of India, experiment with watercolour painting at MUSA. Travel the One World exhibition and paint a picture of your favourite place in the world. Free, but booking essential.

Art and Craft Week: Funny Faces

Wednesday 13th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years)
Look in the mirror, what do you see? Two starry eyes, one button nose and great big gnashers! Draw, cut and stick a funny face together. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Art and Craft Week: Portraiture

Wednesday 13th July, 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
How do you capture somebody’s likeness? What can we tell about a person from their picture? Look through some curious characters from our collection and have a go yourself. Using pencil, charcoal and chalk, create a portrait to be proud of. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Art and Craft Week: Trash Fashion

Thursday 14th July, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
Would you like to conjure a costume for Raisin Monday or rummage through recycling to make a red gown? Turn rags to riches and create crazy clothes inspired by University dress at this fun event for fashionistas! Feel free to bring your own old clothes or bits and bobs. Held at MUSA. Free, drop-in. Suitable for all ages but children should be accompanied by an adult.


Geology Week: Fantastic Fossils

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Monday 18th July, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)

Ever seen a fossil fish, a dinosaur tooth or a 64 million year-old poo? Get your hands on some fantastic fossils and discover what they can tell us about prehistoric life. Free, drop-in. Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Suitable for all ages but children should be accompanied by an adult.


Geology Week: Junior Geologists

Wednesday 20th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
How were rocks formed? What can they tell us about the world? Conduct your own experiments on rock samples to discover more about the world and find out why geology rocks! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Geology Week: Rock Detectives Walk

Meets at the East Sands Leisure Centre
Thursday 21st July, 10am-12pm (All ages)
Join us on this walk along the coast to see evidence of ancient forests, prehistoric animals and St Andrews’ very own volcano! This short guided walk starts and ends at East Sands Leisure Centre. Please wear walking shoes and suitable clothing for the weather. Free, but booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
NB Time may change depending on the tide.