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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 


Booking information

All events and exhibitions are free but some must be booked. To book please email 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.



We're closing but we're not stopping!

MUSA is now temporarily closed as we prepare to redevelop and extend the museum, an opportunity to bring you fresh new displays and a wider range of temporary exhibitions.  

We might be closing, but we’re certainly not stopping. Over the coming year we’ll be bringing you a range of events and some temporary displays out and about as MUSA comes to you!  


Family Programme

Baby MUSA @ the Bell Pettigrew

Bell Pettigrew Museum
First Friday of the month, 10:15am-11:15am (0-5 years)

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 babies, pre-school children and whoever looks after them. Join us at the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Zoology for a different take on the world around us!

Friday 5th April                 Magical Creatures


Terrific Tiles

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Tuesday 9th April, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years) 
Where in the world can we find blue and white pottery? Discover the connections that our Delftware tiles have with different countries across the globe! Be inspired by the patterns you encounter and paint your very own ceramic tile to take home. 
Booking essential.

Precious Pins

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Friday 12th April, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
What can you tell about a person from what they wear? Tupu pins worn by people in South America reveal a lot about a person’s identity! Discover the meaning behind these tupus and craft your own to express yourself. Free.
Booking essential. 

Fantastic Fossils

Bell Pettigrew Musuem
Monday 15th April, 1pm-1:45pm (3-6 years), 2pm-3pm (7-12 years)
Discover the ancient creatures of our prehistoric past at this hands-on workshop for budding dinosaur hunters. From fish fossils to Nessie's backbone and onwards to the diplodocus, you'll encounter the fearsome animals that roamed and swam the planet millions of years ago.
Booking essential.

Sounds Good!

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Thursday 18th April, 2pm-4pm (all ages)
How does sound travel? What makes a sound loud or quiet? Is it true that in space no-one can hear you scream? Explore the science of sound and make your own musical instruments at this drop-in event for all ages.
No need to book.



StAnza Creative Writing Workshop: Metaphors of Displacement
Bell Pettigrew Museum
Wednesday 6th March, 2pm-4:30pm

In this creative writing workshop led by Hannah Lavery, we will explore the theme of displacement by responding to material held by MUSA's archaeology and ethnography collection, by writing our way around and into objects people have taken with them when they have been forced, or have chosen, to leave the home they know.
Cost: £7.50
Booking required. Book via the Byre Box Office:


StAnza: Musings @ Bell Pettigrew
Bell Pettigrew Museum
Thursday 7th March, 12pm-2pm
Friday 8th

From the anteater to the zebra, create poetry from an alphabetical array of animals at the Bell Pettigrew Museum as part of this year’s StAnza festival. Send your StAnza musings to and we’ll share our favourites online!
No booking required.
For more details see


The Women Who Shaped St Andrews: Film showing and discussion
Arts Lecture Theatre
Tuesday 12th March, 7:15pm-8:30pm

Join MUSA and the History Society for an event in honour of International Women’s Day. Enjoy an exclusive screening of the documentary ‘The Women Who Shaped St Andrews’ and discover the legacies of the powerful female benefactors who influenced everything from natural history research to student accommodation. A panel discussion will follow, bringing a different perspective to the evening’s theme. Join us as we celebrate the contribution of women to our University.
Refreshments will be provided. This event will be held at the Arts Lecture Theatre.
No booking required.


Earth Day Quiz

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Monday 22nd April, 7:30pm-9pm

Join us to test your knowledge of the world, animals, animal related music and Penguin biscuits at this Earth Day quiz. Top notch prizes to be won.
Teams of up to six people.
Booking required.



Music in Museums: Scholarship Wind Quintet

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Sunday 7th April, 2:30pm
Immerse yourself in music at the Bell Pettigrew Museum with the talented musicians of the University’s scholarship wind quintet. They will perform Paul Patterson’s suite on West Country folk tunes, Westerly Winds. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required.

The Bell Pettigrew Sessions: On the Rocks

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Thursday 11th April
Doors open: 6:45pm
Music starts: 7pm
MUSA and Music is Love are collaborating with On the Rocks for another evening of live music at one of St Andrews’ quirkiest venues! Listen to the best student musicians St Andrews has to offer amongst the weird and wonderful creatures of the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Cash bar. On this occassion, over 18s only.
Booking opens soon.

Music in Museums: Hetty Buchanan String Quartet

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Sunday 28th April, 2pm
The Hetty Buchanan String Quartet performs Dvoƙák’s ‘American’ Quartet, no.12, op.96. Suitable for all ages.
No booking required.