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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.


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!  We’ll be running a reduced set of events over the summer before returning to a fuller programme later in the year.

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 2nd November   Creepy Crawlies

Friday 7th December    Night Time


Cyanotype Sunprints

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Friday 19th October, 10am-11am (3-6 yeras) & 11:30am-12:30pm (7-12 years)
Explore the birds and beasties of the Bell Pettigrew Museum then make a picture using the sun. But don't worry if the sun's not shining, we'll have special lights to do the work instead. Feathers, leaves and seaweed available to make your pictures. Experimenting encouraged! Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance booking required.

Gingerbread Man by Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Sunday 21st October, 2pm-2:45pm (age 3+)     
Imagine a world made entirely of biscuits: trees, houses and stars in the sky. Into this beautiful world comes THE GINGERBREAD MAN, creating havoc wherever he goes. He meets a majestic Cow, a stubborn Goat and an opportunistic Bird. But can GINGERBREAD MAN outwit the dastardly Fox.......? Join Clydebuilt Puppets for a magical show at the Bell Pettigrew Museum, and see if you can spot some of these creatures lurking amongst our collection! Suitable for children aged 3 + years. Free, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. 

Spooky Shadow Catching

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Friday 26th October, 7:30pm-9pm (13-19 years)
Join artist Kit Martin and the MUSA team for a special after dark photography workshop at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Flick on a lantern and explore pickled creatures, specimens and skeletons then use your phone and its torch to create spooky photos you can share with your friends! Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but please bring a phone with camera and book ahead to reserve your spot.