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‌Booking events

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 7th October          Food

Friday 4th November      Light and Dark


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 29th October Extraordinary Egyptians
Saturday 26th November Experimental Archaeology


Out of the Box: Diwali

Every Sunday in October, 1pm-3pm (All ages)
Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Decorate a henna hand, discover the story of Rama and Sita and add some colourful crafty fireworks to our night sky.


Autumn Workshops

Exploration: Night at the Museum Torchlight Tours

Meet at the Byre Theatre
Friday 30th September, every 30 minutes, 5pm-8:30pm (all ages)

See the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History as you’ve never seen it before with a torchlight tour of the rare and fascinating specimens in this zoological collection. Stay close, you never know what might pop out of the shadows! Tours will depart from the Byre. Part of the University of St Andrews Explorathon, book via the Byre Box Office.

Big Draw: Illustration for Kids

Saturday 8th October, 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Have you ever wanted to draw the pictures for story books, or design curious characters ready for adventure? Come along to the Big Draw at MUSA with real life illustrator, Lucy Roscoe. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Big Draw: Full STEAM Ahead!

Monday 10th October, 2pm-4pm (All Ages)
How long do you think our drawing train will be? Muster as much speed and energy as possible for the Big Draw at MUSA. Look at objects from our collection and add to the train of drawings as we sketch science, technology, engineering, art and maths. Free, drop-in. Suitable for all ages but children should be accompanied by an adult.

Fabulous Photo Albums

Thursday 13th October, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Don’t just rely on digital, come along to this workshop armed with 10-20 of your favourite photos and learn how to create and mount them in your own photo album. Whether you bring pictures of your dad, your dog or a dinosaur you’ll go away with something to treasure. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Victorian Photo Studio

Monday 17th October, 2pm-3pm (7-12 years)
Help us transform the Learning Loft into a Victorian photography studio then grab a costume, some props and pose for a picture
– but be patient, people had to sit very still for the camera in those days! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Simple Sun Prints

Gateway Galleries
Thursday 20th October, 10-10:45am (3-6 years)
Create beautiful blue images inspired by the Scotland Through the Lens exhibition with one of the oldest types of photography, the cyanotype or ‘sun print’. Lay stencils or found objects on your paper and let the sun do the rest. You’ll be amazed at the results! Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free but booking essential. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Make Your Own Pinhole Camera

Gateway Galleries
Thursday 20th October, 11:30am-12:30pm (7-12 years)
Discover the magic and the science of photography in this hands-on workshop where you’ll construct your own pinhole camera and see the world upside down! Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free, but booking essential.