Thursday 22 September, 2016

Museum Sleepover: 150th Birthday Bash

Saturday 15 October 2016, 6.30pm – 9.00am
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

The National Museum of Scotland is hosting a sleepover as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. Families will have a rare opportunity to spend the night in Scotland’s most popular museum on Saturday 15 October.

Following the opening of ten new galleries in July, the National Museum of Scotland continues its 150th anniversary celebrations with a fun family sleepover. Children aged 7–11, and their grown-ups, will take part in exciting activities around the Museum before spending the night in the Grand Gallery, under the gaze of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Inspired by the Museum’s grand opening in 1866, the evening’s entertainment will have a Victorian twist, with historic hosts, storytelling and a time travelling detective adventure. To complement the Museum’s spectacular new galleries, children will also design their own t-shirts and get hands on with some sensational science. In the morning, the fun will continue with breakfast and a live family show.

Alison Rae, Family Learning Officer at National Museums Scotland, said:

“In such a momentous year for the Museum, we are delighted to invite families to our 150th Birthday Bash. The sleepover offers a new way for children, and their parents and carers, to engage with the Museum and enjoy an unforgettable experience together.”

Tickets are limited and available exclusively at

Tickets are £45 per person.

Further information and images from Kirsten Cowie, Press Office, National Museums Scotland on 0131 247 4391 or email

Notes to Editors

  1. National Museums Scotland looks after museum collections of national and international importance and provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  2. The National Museum of Scotland reopened in summer 2011 following a three-year, £50m redevelopment. With nearly 9 million visits since reopening, the National Museum of Scotland is the most popular museum in the country outside London (data from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions). The National Museum of Scotland was awarded ‘Gold’ Level Green Tourism Visitor Attraction status in 2016.
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