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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.



Encountering Africa: Henri Gaden’s Life and Photography in Colonial French West Africa, 1894 - 1939

5th October 2017 - 25th February 2018
Henri Gaden was a French colonial officer who lived in West Africa for 45 years. An ethnographer, linguist and gifted photographer, Gaden captured on camera a rich variety of encounters with Africa – from landscapes, architecture and trade to military campaigns and colonial life at numerous outposts. He also documented everyday village life, local music, dance and ritual. Gaden’s striking photographic images, exhibited for the first time, provide rare insights into colonial French West Africa and its people.

Family Programme

Baby MUSA Time

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 1 December   Winter Wonderland


Out of the Box: Movember

Each Sunday in November, 1pm-3pm (All ages)
Can you tell your ‘handlebar’ from your ‘painter’s brush’ moustache? Well thankfully some characters from our collection have the facial hair to guide us through it. Find out about the men behind the moustaches then try making your own.

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 25 November     Stone Age Skills

Adult Programme  


Busy Beeswax Candles

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Saturday 2nd December 1:30pm-3:30pm      Waiting list only
Be inspired by the bees and insects on display at the Bell Pettigrew Museum to create your own beeswax candles. Join Alison from Beesy’s Beeswax Candles for a creative afternoon making a selection of candles and a delightful decorative gift box to keep them in. A perfect advent activity! Free, but booking essential.


Christmas Crafts

Friday 8th December, 12:30pm-2pm
Relax with a cuppa and have fun crafting or printing your own festive gift tags, cards and decorations with us at MUSA. Free, drop-in at any time, no booking required.

Talks and tours 

The Evolution of Beauty in Nature

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Saturday 2nd December, 11am-12pm
Does natural selection explain everything we see in nature? Or can the act of choosing a mate on purely aesthetic grounds also represent an evolutionary force? This tour by Dr Carl Smith will explore how choosing mates can generate the extraordinary range of ornaments we see in the natural world. Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but booking required.


Christmas with the Renaissance Singers

Saturday 9th December, 2:30pm-3:15pm
Come out of the cold and join the St Andrews Renaissance Singers for a festive treat of carols and Christmas songs. Free, no booking required.