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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 & 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 6th October       Horses and Kelpies

Friday 3rd November   Sound and Music

Friday 1st December    Winter Wonderland


Out of the Box: Kelpies

Each Sunday in August, 1pm-3pm (All ages)
The Kelpies are here in St Andrews and rearing their heads to the sky! Be inspired by these magical beasts and help us to create an artwork exploring the real working horses of historic St Andrews.

Explorathon 2017

Friday 29th September, 5:30pm until late
From Anthropology to Zoology, join University of St Andrews researchers for an evening of discovery, debate and entertainment in celebration of European Researchers’ Night 2017. Come along to talk about and try cutting edge research in one night of exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, shows and torchlight tours! Held at the Byre Theatre, MUSA and the Bell Pettigrew Museum. All events and activities are free and open to families, with adult only events later in the evening. For times and booking information see:

Autumn workshops

Terrific Tiles

Saturday 7th October, 1pm-2pm (7-12 years)
Check out our Delftware tiles and decorate your own! Create a brightly coloured tile with a swirling pattern or paint your favourite picture. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 

Big Draw: Living Lines

Monday 9th October, 2pm-4pm (All ages)
Join us at MUSA for an afternoon of Victorian illusions. Be inspired by our zoetrope and magic lantern to bring your drawings to life and make your marks move! Free, drop-in activity. Suitable for all ages but children should be accompanied by an adult.

Horsing Around

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Thursday 12th October, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
What makes horses run so fast? Why is Bassey our carthorse so strong? Find out about horses and their mythical relatives during our afternoon of animal antics inspired by the Kelpies in St Andrews. Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but booking essential.

Big Draw: Shadow-Puppets

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Monday 16th October, 2pm-2:45pm (3-6 years) & 3pm-4pm (7-12 years)
Long before TV, people used shadow puppets to tell stories. Create a shadow puppet inspired by the animals at the Bell Pettigrew Museum, then we’ll dim the lights and bring the shadow puppets to life! Free, booking essential.

African Encounters

Thursday 19th October, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
Travel back to colonial West Africa in the late 1800s and experience a day in the life of the villagers photographed by Henri Gaden. See if you can grind grain for bread, make pots and wash clothes without a machine, then kick back and relax with some African music and dance!

African Drumming

Saturday 21st October, 2-3pm (All ages)
The djembe drum, from West Africa, is one of the most versatile percussion instruments on the planet, producing a wide range of sounds. Come and try it for yourself in this fun and friendly workshop with ‘Infectious Grooves’. Suitable for all ages and abilities but booking essential. Held at MUSA. 

Marvellous Mud Brick

Friday 17th November, 2pm-2:45pm (3-6 years) & 3pm-4pm (7-12 years)
Find out how people have transformed messy, mucky mud into the world’s most fantastic buildings then design your own marvellous mud brick model inspired by Gaden’s photographs of West Africa. 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 23rd September   Ancient Art
Saturday 28th October       Food and Drink
Saturday 25th November    Stone Age Skills