Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the museum after hours.

Please note this event is now sold out, but you can still book tickets for Museum After Hours on Friday 25 August.

Download programme for Friday 11 August    

Handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts, alongside bars and entry to our exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. From the Grand Gallery's main stage to more intimate spaces across the museum, discover some of our world class collections whilst soaking up the festival atmosphere. Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List, each night of this adults-only extravaganza offers a different take on the Fringe.

  • See the Grand Gallery transformed by music and dance. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott

    See the Grand Gallery transformed by music and dance. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott
  • Tago: Korean Drum II - Exciting, extreme, exhilarating drumming performance

    Tago: Korean Drum II - Exciting, extreme, exhilarating drumming performance
  • Explore the museum after hours . Image © Chris Scott

    Explore the museum after hours . Image © Chris Scott
  • Chris Cook: This year Chris lays his secrets bare and lets the audience see behind the magic…

    Chris Cook: This year Chris lays his secrets bare and lets the audience see behind the magic…
  • Hawthornden Court transformed for the Friday Fringe Takeover. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott

    Hawthornden Court transformed for the Friday Fringe Takeover. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott
  • Enjoy the evening with friends and family . Image © Chris Scott

    Enjoy the evening with friends and family . Image © Chris Scott
  • Get your dancing shoes on for Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover!

    Get your dancing shoes on for Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover!
  • The cosy confines of the Space Stage. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott

    The cosy confines of the Space Stage. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott
  • Handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott

    Handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott
  • There will be a range ofother activities available on the night. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott

    There will be a range ofother activities available on the night. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott
  • Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott

    Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List. Image from 2016 event  © Chris Scott
  • Each night of this adults-only extravaganza offers a different take on the Fringe. Image from 2016

    Each night of this adults-only extravaganza offers a different take on the Fringe. Image from 2016

Taster performances from:

Main Stage

Reuben Kaye
Wickedly funny subversive cabaret. Best Cabaret Winner Adelaide Fringe 2017.  

Fauna
A sneak peek inside the world of Fauna, a captivating exploration of animal behaviour with acrobatics and live music.

Djuki Mala
Unique, infectious, high-energy and always exuberant, fusing traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling to create work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning.

The Magnets: Naked 80s
The ultimate 80s mixtape, entirely a cappella! Vocal harmony supergroup The Magnets strip away the synths to honour the decade of big snares and bigger hair, with their voices alone.

Tago: Korean Drum II
Exciting, extreme, exhilarating drumming performance, featuring a breath-taking mixture of Korean traditional instruments from gigantic drums to small percussion, spiced up with a range of Martial arts.

Hawthornden Court

Night at the Museum
Watch comedians blur the line between arteFACT and arteFICTION. This unrehearsed show and tell might not be historically, or even culturally accurate but it’s guaranteed to be 100% entertaining.

Ben Hart
West End star and Edinburgh Cabaret Award nominee, Ben Hart is a unique magician and teller of tall tales. From BBC One/BBC Three.

Pippa Evans
Have your joy levels optimised by the known pleasures of ‘a comic genius’ (Telegraph) and Radio 4 regular. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave).

Samantha Baines
Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines is back! This year she's exploring the lost women of science. It's science meets funny. 'One of the ones to watch' (Evening Standard).

Space Stage

Charlie Dupré  - Diary
A man reads his diary.

Albrecht Dürer: Renaissance Dude
A light hearted look at the life and times of Albrecht Dürer, the coolest dude of the German Renaissance.

Gareth Cooper
Nerd Rock! Rock. For nerds. A musical comedy show celebrating all things nerdy - written and performed by award-winning songwriter and comedian, Gareth Cooper

Chris Cook
Chris is a cheeky magician who blows audiences away with his unique, interactive magic.

Other activities

Show your allegiance to the Jacobite cause by making your own cockade to wear, or don one of our symbolic temporary tattoos.

Visit the museum’s galleries after hours and meet curators and scientists who will be there on the night to bring the collections to life. This week the University of Dundee will be showing you how to paint with just your eyes, and our curators Fraser Hunter, Alison Taubmann and Ashleigh Whiffin will be in the galleries bringing our collections to life!


This is a taste of the Friday Fringe Takeover during 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. The programme and activities this year will vary to what is shown in this video.

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Useful information

Performances last between 10 – 15 mins and are a taster of the acts’ full Fringe show. Remember that you won’t be able to get around all the acts on the night, and that both the Hawthornden and Space stages have limited seating and a no drinks policy. Programmes will be handed out on the night so that you can plan your evening to avoid missing your favourite show. Please note that all performances are subject to change

Events have limited seating. The Main Stage is standing only, and Hawthornden Court and Space stages have limited capacity seating. There will also be some seating available in other non-performance areas of the event. To best enjoy the events, guests are encouraged to move through the museum to explore the different open spaces.

A cloakroom will be available. Please note there will be a charge of £1 per item and only coats and small bags will be accepted (no larger items or suitcases).

Food and drink will be available. There will be a selection of bars around the galleries (last orders 22:00) including a gin bar and prosecco bar plus a food stall with pulled pork brioches and macaroni cheese. If you would like a wider choice or a sit-down meal the Brasserie will be open from 17:30 – 22:15 (last food order at 21:30). To book a table in advance please call 0131 247 4040. Bookings are for event ticket holders only. Brasserie menu at After Hours. 

Event timings. The event runs from 19:30 – 22:30. Ticket holders do not need to arrive for 19:30, but as there is lots to see and do we would recommend not arriving too late!

Get a better view. Top tip – you can also get a good view of the main stage from the Level 3 balcony.

Strictly over 18s only. Please note that our licensing does not allow us to admit any under 18s to these events. Photo ID may be requested as proof of age.

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Event information

When

11 Aug 2017
19:30-22:30

Where

National Museum of Scotland

How much

£18, £16 Members and concessions*

Price includes admission to Jacobites exhibition

Age 18+

Please note all performances and activities are subject to change. 

* Concession prices apply to 60+, students and unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free. A valid NUS or Young Scot card must be shown.

 

Booking information

This event is now sold out, but you can still book tickets for Museum After Hours on Friday 18 August and Friday 25 August.

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