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 18 August    

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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
  • Aaron Calvert "Astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats await as Aaron Calvert takes to the stage.

    Aaron Calvert "Astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats await as Aaron Calvert takes to the stage.
  • Explore the museum after hours . Image © Chris Scott

    Explore the museum after hours . Image © Chris Scott
  • 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
  • Food and drink will be available.

    Food and drink will be available.

Taster performances confirmed so far:

Main Stage

Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin
Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself among sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret journey through the history of gin.

Modern Maori Quartet
A classy celebration of New Zealand music honouring the legends of Māori Showbands. Hearty voices in epic harmony sharing Māori traditions and Kiwi stories that will warm your heart and make you cry with laughter. 

Head First Acrobats
A charming balance of brilliant acrobatics and comedy. Watch and be amazed as Cal and Tom climb on top of each other and perform handstands and other feats of strength. Finishing in a brilliant head to head balance.

Circus Abyssinia
A marvelous mix of cloth-spinning, contortion, juggling and hand-vaulting, bursting with the joys and thrills of Ethiopian circus, performed to an exhilarating soundtrack of Ethiopian songs. 

I am Rhythm
2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sell-Out Laurel holder I Am Rhythm takes you on an unforgettable dance and music journey all the way from South Africa. Mesmerising melodies intertwined with an array of traditional and urban dances.

Hawthornden Court

Luke Wright
One of Britain’s most popular poets delivers a selection of his verses that range from the laugh out loud funny to the tear-inducingly poignant and back again. 

Aaron Calvert
"A talented showman that will leave you baffled" Daily Mail. Astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats await as Aaron Calvert takes to the stage.

Thünderbards
Critically acclaimed sketch duo Thünderbards will bring you gag laden comedy filled with their trademark off-beat jokes, fast paced sketches and overwhelming politeness.

Ray Bradshaw
Full of hilarious tales about growing up with deaf parents, this show will be performed in both British Sign Language and English, by Ray himself, in what is believed to be a world first.

Space Stage

Albrecht Dürer: Renaissance Dude
A light-hearted lecture on the German Renaissance's coolest dude, Albrecht Dürer.

Dylan Gott
Cool guy. Lots of friends.  Canadian comedian Dylan Gott performs brand-new stand-up comedy.

Scott Barnett
The best/only show about blobfish you'll ever see.

The Harry and Chris Show
Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to the intimate Space Stage. Ranging from pandas in crisis to Robot Wars, they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

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 take in the atmosphere of this iconic building at night.


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 Museum 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

18 Aug 2017
19:30-22:30

Where

National Museum of Scotland

How much

Age 18+

Please note all performances and activities are subject to change. 

Booking information

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

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