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Museum Late: Anatomica

7 Oct 2022

£14-£20 including exhibition entry (more info below)

Strictly 18+

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Museum Lates are back!

What better way to bring the museum to life after dark than with the uniquely eclectic spirit of a Museum Late?

Enjoy a fresh look at some of the themes of our exhibition Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life, explored through a programme ranging from physical performances in the Grand Gallery to engaging bite-size talks in our Auditorium, along with Late favourites like the silent disco.

Download the programme.

The night will include

🎶 Performances

Get down with dance and acrobatic performances in the Grand Gallery, showcasing the amazing ability of the human body.

House of Jack will be performing hip hop, breakdance and waaking moves whilst Delighters Circus will hit the stage with a contortionist and a Cyr wheel display before a fantastic hula hoop finale.

You’ll also get the chance to have a go too as the performers show you some street dance moves and hoola hoop tricks.

🥤 Food and drink

Main bars will serve wines, beers and spirits, plus there will be a gin and prosecco bar in our Collecting Stories gallery.

Feeling peckish? Beef burgers, beetroot burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese bites will be on offer at our street food stall.

💀 Exhibition

Free entry to Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life (last entry 21:50).

🎧 Silent disco

Dance the night away in Hawthornden Court with three channels, including a channel dedicated to anatomical hits.

✏️ Life Drawing

Join Topaz from Reconfigure for some quick-fire life drawing lessons, no experience necessary! Note: models will be partially clothed.

🔎 Explore

You'll have a chance to explore some of our other museum galleries at night.

🗣️ Talks

Enjoy bite-sized talks with experts in our Auditorium, including:

Is Anatomy Dead?

Leading anatomist Dr Jennifer Z Paxton turns anatomy’s macabre reputation on its head and provides a glimpse into its cutting-edge future.

Ambrose Parry: The Fact Behind The Fiction

Marisa Haetzman (one half of the writing collaboration that is Ambrose Parry) shares the fascinating facts that inspired the historical crime series.

Tales from the Crypt

Join Surgeon’s Hall Human Remains Conservator and former mortician Cat Irving to hear tales from her unusual career and her recent work preserving the skeleton of William Burke.

Talks will last around 20 minutes.

🖌️ Activities

Get hands on with our anatomical activities and games! Meet our learning team, curators and staff from the University of Edinburgh Anatomy Department for lots of hands-on anatomical activities.

Can you guess which is the animal or human bone? Can you locate your Islets of Langerhans? And is that tool for surgery or DIY?

Learn anatomical body painting, find out how Forensic Anthropologists identify human remains, and wear your heart (or brain or skeleton) on your sleeve for the night with a temporary tattoo design.

Man in a car.


Friday 7 October




£20 Adult
£18 Concession (Over 60, Disabled, Unemployed)
£16 National Museums Scotland Member
£14 Student and Young Scot (age 18-21)

Coming with friends? Don’t miss our special rate when you book for a group of 6 together: £16.50 each

Challenge 25 and ticket-related ID

This event is strictly 18+. If you’re lucky enough to look under 25, please have ID ready for event entry and at our bars – if it’s hard to tell, we have to ask.

Please also ensure you have the appropriate ID with you on the night (e.g. Membership card, student ID or Young Scot card) if you have purchased a concession price ticket.

Getting here

Enter the museum from the main public entrance on Chambers Street.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Map and directions

Visiting safely

Visitors will be asked to follow the current museum guidelines detailed at


  • There is limited seating at the event, though a selection of stools, benches and some café style seating is available.
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please ask about availability with our Visitor Experience staff on arrival. 
  • Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • Accessible toilets are available and there is a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall. For access to this please ask a member of staff. 
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are welcome in the museum.

Find out more about our access information. If you have any questions about accessing this event, please email us in advance at

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