To celebrate our Monkey Business exhibition, we have programmed a special season of films in partnership with Filmhouse.

Our April selection includes joyous, observational films like Chimpanzee and Nénette and the unforgettable cult classic of (the original) King Kong.


Sunday 2 April, 11:00, A Filmhouse Junior Screening
Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield / Tanzania/USA 2012 / 1h18m / U – Contains mild wildlife threat / Documentary.

This True Life Adventure from Disney nature takes moviegoers deep into the African forests to meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for life demonstrates the warmth, intelligence and ingenuity of these remarkable animals. The fascinating and complex terrain of the forest is an endless playground for Oscar and the other young chimps in his group, who would rather explore and make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimpanzees and his mother is killed, he is forced to fend for himself – until a surprising ally steps in.

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Wednesday 12 April, 18:10
Nicolas Philibert / France 2010 / 1h10m / French with English subtitles / PG / Documentary.

Centered on the titular 40-year-old female orangutan living in the zoo at Paris' exquisite Jardin des Plantes, Nicolas Philibert's charming study of Nénette is an observational treat. In her advancing years, she enjoys life's simple pleasures like daily tea and yoghurt in the afternoon, and Philibert's camera captures all the beautiful little details of her day-to-day routine. All the while, we hear comments, ponderings and tributes from some of the 600,000 visitors who file past her enclosure every year. A poignant, funny portrait of a beloved Parisian.

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King Kong

Saturday 15 April, 15:45
Merian C Cooper & Ernest B Schoedsack / USA 1933 / 1h40m / PG / Cast: Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong.

The original - and, we think, the best - cinematic story of the great gorilla of Skull Island has been often rehashed, but never bettered. If this glorious pile of horror-fantasy hokum has lost none of its power to move, excite and sadden it is in no small measure due to the remarkable technical achievements of Willis O’Brien’s animation work, and the superbly matched score of Max Steiner. Wray is not required to act, merely to scream; but what a perfect victim she makes.

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Terms and conditions on 2 for 1 ticket offer

  • Show a valid Filmhouse ticket to any of the films featured in the Monkey Business season at the National Museum of Scotland admissions desk to claim 2 for 1 entry on adult or concession tickets to Monkey Business.
  • Cheapest ticket free.
  • No cash alternative.
  • One visit per Filmhouse ticket.
  • Exclusions may apply.
  • Does not include entry to special events or activities.

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Monkey Business

Meet the family as you get up close to the world of primates, from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.
Event information


2 Apr - 15 Apr 2017
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Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

How much

£10/£8 conc.

£4.50 at Chimpanzee Junior screening

Receive 2 for 1 entry on adult and concession tickets to Monkey Business exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland on presentation of a valid Filmhouse ticket to any of the films featured in our Monkey Business season.

Filmhouse 2-for-1 tickets (cheapest free) on Monkey Business film screenings upon the customer presenting a valid Monkey Business exhibition ticket

Terms and Condition apply. 

Booking information

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Buy tickets for three different films in the March and April Monkey Business season and get 15% off.

Buy tickets for six different films in this season and get 25% off.

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