A host of ‘Come and Sea Us’ events featuring sea monsters, mermaids and fun activities for all ages also run from June to September.
In the ‘Sea Monsters!' exhibition, ponder on Scotland’s most famous mysterious sea creature, the Loch Ness Monster, and the ‘Sea Monk’, the half man, half fish ‘monster’ appearing in naturalist reports across Europe during the 16th century. Then explore platysaurus fossils, a shark’s jaw and wet specimens on loan from The Huntarian at the University of Glasgow.
Art on show includes sculptor Andy Scott’s early sketches of his 30 metre high Kelpies and two of his three metre high steel scale models or ‘maquettes’.
‘Sea Monsters!' also features original artwork from French-born illustrator and designer Axel Gutapfel and Irvine artist Maree Hughes’ interpretation of the legend of the Selkies or ‘seal people’ from the Northern Isles.
The ‘Come and Sea Us’ events, which have been made possible by the support of the Museum and Galleries Scotland Museums Recovery Fund, include an opening day for ‘Sea Monsters!’ featuring sea monster surprises and traditional funfair stalls across the Museum Courtyard, and second family event on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July.
The ‘Come and Sea Us’ programme also includes Arts Award family days, sketching, storytelling, music, poetry, performance art workshops, Magic Carpet storytelling and singing sessions for under 5s and their carers, ‘Make and Take’ craft sessions for older children, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) activities and special ‘screamings’ of sea monster-themed films throughout the summer.