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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 5th August           Teddy Bears' Picnic

Friday 2nd September     Colours


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 27th August Potty about Pots
Saturday 24th September Rotten Romans
Saturday 29th October Extraordinary Egyptians


Out of the Box: Medieval Maces

Every Sunday in July, 1pm-3pm (All ages)
Look at the magnificent maces at MUSA, what can you see? Angels, bishops, shields or maybe you can imagine something different? Design your own mace or help us draw, decorate and collage our own giant mace! Free, drop-in, no bookign required.


Summer workshops


Music and Drama Week: Magical Masks

Monday 25th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Travel with us through Egypt, Greece and the Far East to discover how people around the world have used masks in dance, drama, and religious ceremonies. Choose your favourite, then cut, colour and collage your own spectacular mask to take home. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Music and Drama Week: Music-makers

Wednesday 27th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
All around the world we love to make music, but how do instruments actually work? Listen to the weird and wonderful sounds of percussion, wind and stringed instruments and have a go at making and playing your own. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Music and Drama Week: Shadow-puppets

Thursday 28th July, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
Long before TV came along people told stories about their heroes and enemies using shadow puppets. Create a shadow-puppet inspired by characters in the One World exhibition, then we’ll dim the lights and bring them to life! Held at MUSA. Free, drop-in. Suitable for all ages but children should be accompanied by an adult.

Nature Week: Animal Explorers

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Monday 1st August, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
If you go down to Bell Pettigrew today you are sure of a big surprise. If you look in our museum today you’d better go in disguise. Flutter like a butterfly, call like a monkey, and trance dance like the bird of paradise. Join us on this tour with a difference, exploring all sorts of animal behaviour. Held at the Bell Pettigrew museum. Free, but booking essential

Nature Week: Seed Bomb Making

Wednesday 3rd August, 10-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
How do plants grow? Bring some explosive colour to your garden at home, at school, or simply in an empty space. Build your own seed bomb and learn what it will take to grow your own flowers. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Nature Week: Pond Dipping

St Andrews Botanic Garden
Thursday 4th August, 2pm-4pm (All ages)
Grab your bucket and your net, what wildlife can you find? Explore the underwater world of the pond at this fun event for all the family. In association with St Andrews Botanic Garden. Meet ranger Tony Wilson at the entrance of St Andrews Botanic Garden, Canongate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free but booking essential. Contact MUSA to reserve your place.

World History Week: World Stories - Story Time

Monday 8th August, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years)
Join us for a fun and interactive story session at MUSA inspired by objects on display in the One World exhibition. Listen to stories from all over the world, and help us bring them to life by playing musical instruments and making your best animal sounds! Free, but booking essential.

World History Week: World Stories - Comic Strip

Monday 8th August, 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Lord Ganesh is one of the most popular deities of the Hindu religion. Join us at MUSA to learn how he became the elephant God, and then work together to create a huge comic strip about his life. Free, but booking essential.

World History Week: Treasure

Wednesday 10th August, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years)
What is your most prized possession? What makes it so special? Different people around the world value different things. Join us at MUSA to look at our treasured objects in the One World exhibition, and then make a treasure chest to take home. Free, but booking essential.

World History Week: Trading Games

Wednesday 10th August, 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
You are the leader of a small country. Can you trade resources with your neighbours to make your country rich? Or will you bankrupt the land? Join us for this exciting board game exploring resources, trade and currency. Free, but booking essential.

World History Week: Victorian Inventions

Thursday 11th August, 2pm-3:30 pm (All ages)
The Victorian era saw huge technological advances and a wide range of exciting inventions. See some of these inventions for yourself and enjoy some Victorian entertainment with our working phonograph and magic lantern. Then learn about Sir David Brewster, inventor of the kaleidoscope, and have a go at making your own kaleidoscope to take home. Free, drop-in. Suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

World History Week: Archery Taster

Saturday 13th August, 2pm-2:45pm (4-6 years) & 3pm-4pm (7-12 years)
Try your hand at archery with the expert help of coaches from the University’s Archery Club. Takes place outdoors. Please wear suitable clothing. Free, but booking essential.