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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

Victorian Visions: Discovery and Restoration in St Andrews

Until 17 September 2017
 
Journey through the streets of Victorian St Andrews for MUSA's newest exhibition.  Discover the restorations that have been carried out on the famous Old Course and the University buildings.  Marvel at the archaeological wonders found in the Cathedral ruins and see the sights of the town through the eyes of its first photographers. Victorian Visions provides fascinating insights into the development of St Andrews during the 19th century.
  

Family Programme

Baby MUSA Time

MUSA
First Friday of the month, 10:15am-11:15am & again 2pm-3pm
 
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 4th August         Weather

Friday 1st September   Towns and Buildings

 

Out of the Box: Magnificent Maces

MUSA
Each 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!
  

Summer Programme

Explorers' Week

Expedition to Africa

MUSA
Wednesday 19th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Join us to explore the tribes of Morocco, see some of the recycled objects they made and work out what they were used for. Then have a go at making your own problem-solving objects from the stuff that nobody else wants. Held at MUSA. Free, booking required.
  

Geology Week

Junior Geologists

MUSA
Wednesday 26th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
How were rocks formed? What can they tell us about how the world has changed over millions of years? Conduct your own experiments on rock samples to discover more about the Earth. Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.
 

Sports and Games Week

Archery Taster

MUSA
Monday 31st July, 10am-10:45am (4-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Try your hand at archery with the expert help of coaches from the University’s archery club. Takes place outdoors, at MUSA. Please wear suitable clothing. Free, but booking essential.
 

Board Game Café

MUSA
Wednesday 2nd August, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Whether you love the strategy of Risk or the simplicity of Snakes and Ladders then the MUSA Board Game Café is for you! Drop by the museum to play some of your old favourites, or try your hand at something new. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Free, drop-in, no booking required.
 

Victorian Games

MUSA
Thursday 3rd August, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Are you an expert at hopscotch? Do you know your Jacks from your marbles? Are you a caich ball champion? Join us at MUSA for a fun-filled afternoon of Victorian games and activities. Free, drop-in, no booking required.
 

Science Week

Kitchen Chemistry

MUSA
Wednesday 9th August, 10am-10:45am (4-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)     Waiting list only!
 
Grab some kitchen ingredients and make stuff fizz, pop and whizz without getting your own kitchen dirty! From homemade dyes and invisible inks to an erupting cola fountain and slime you can squeeze… It’s not rocket science but it’s guaranteed fun! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
 

Ingenious Inventors

MUSA
Thursday 10th August, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Have you got an eye for invention or simply a bright idea to solve an everyday problem? Then put on your thinking cap, dust off your drawing board and design a machine of the future, inspired by the gadgets and discoveries made right here in St Andrews. Held at MUSA, free drop-in.
 

Think Like An Animal

MUSA
Monday 14th August, 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Does your cat love you? Are butterflies clever? How do monkeys see the world? (And how can we tell?) Scientists and philosophers are trying to solve these and other puzzles about animal minds. This is your chance to join the conversation, and try some experiments yourself with the help of the University’s own philosophers and pyschologists! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
 

Young Archaeologists

Have you got the curiosity and patience to piece together evidence from the past? Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and discover fascinating facts about people of the past. Free, but booking essential.
 
Saturday 26th August       Magnificent Metal
Saturday 23rd September Ancient Art
 
 
 
 

Adult Programme  

Talks and tours 

St Andrews Through Time Walk 

MUSA
Saturday 29th July, 2pm-3:30pm
Thursday 14th September, 2pm-3:30pm
 
Discover the history of St Andrews and its famous University on this stroll through the streets. You’ll see some of the sites which played a key role in St Andrews’ past and the stories they have to tell. Walk length roughly two miles. Please dress for all weathers and meet at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
 

Workshops

Geology Taster Evening

MUSA
Thursday 20th July, 5pm-7pm
 
Discover how the history of the Earth is recorded in the rocks under our feet in this practical taster event with Geology Curator, Stuart Allison. Learn about the major rock types, examine specimens under a microscope, then explore the geology you can see right here by The Scores! Held at MUSA with a short walk down to the beach. Free, but booking essential.
 

Performances

 

Harp Recital by Simon Chadwick

MUSA
Sunday 16th July, 2:30pm-3:15pm
 
See the sights of Victorian St Andrews in our current exhibition and hear music of the period as Simon plays a selection of Victorian favourites on a historical Irish harp. Suitable for all ages. Held at MUSA. Free, no booking required.