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Museum Late: Fringe Fridays

23 Aug 2019



Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the museum after hours. From music and dance, to comedy and theatre, handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts across three exhilarating party nights, alongside bars and entry to our exhibition Wild and Majestic.


£20, £18 Members & Conc.*
*Over 60s, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people go free.

Booking information

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Age 18+, Ticket includes admission to Wild and Majestic exhibition.

Tickets are available on the door from 18:30.

Images from our 2018 evening Fringe events © Chris Scott 

From the Grand Gallery’s main stage to more intimate spaces across the museum, discover our world-class collections whilst soaking up the festival atmosphere with circus, comedy, cabaret, music and magic featured across three stages. 

Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List, each night of this adults-only extravaganza offers a different take on the Fringe, with up to 13 acts each evening over three different stages around the museum's galleries.

In addition to live performances, Fringe-goers can strike a pose at a themed photo booth, get creative at activity stations, and explore this summer’s five-star exhibition, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

Friday 23 August

See which taster performances we have planned for Friday 23 August.

Main Stage


Ginger Johnson 

Part cabaret confessional, part Sesame Street special, Ginger Johnson puts two fingers up to sadness and jumps – high-heels first – into a world of absolute delusion. 


An extract of KID_X by Bassline Circus and MHz - a futuristic 'girl-meets-droid' love story where eye popping visuals collide with circus, street dance and live music from MC Eva Lazarus and Mungo's Hi Fi.


Nearly Human

Nearly Human are a multi award-winning progressive brass band, who will embark on a curious audio-theatrical journey. Replete with intricate rhythms, enormous choral harmonies, dynamic choreography and ruminations about stars and happenstance. 

Alfie Ordinary

Drag Prince Alfie Ordinary will sing, twirl and charm you into feeling fabulous.

The Magnets 

The Ultimate Party Set! The 'A Cappella All Stars' The Magnets are back with a brand-new show performing the biggest hits from this incredible era. Expect jaw-dropping harmonies and beatboxing like never before. Robbie Williams, Backstreet Boys and so much more!

Hawthornden Stage

The National Trust Fan Club 

Join Helen Wood’s daring one-woman quest to visit every National Trust property and become a certified superfan.


Harry Baker 

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. Harry Baker's got 99 problems but maths ain't one.


Jessica Fostekew

Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. You’ve seen Jess in BBC sitcoms Motherland and Cuckoo and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls. 

James Phelan

James Phelan presents a unique magical prank show in his Fringe debut! Troublemaker is a jaw-dropping rollercoaster of mystery and hilarity.


Wee Stage

Daniel Nils Roberts 

Daniel Nils Roberts provides absurd multimedia look at key events from history, from a star of comedy sensations Austentatious. 'Devastatingly funny' **** (Fest). 'Sheer genius' **** (Scotsman).

Dave Alnwick

Fringe veteran Dave Alnwick performs his unique brand of Comedy Magic.


Will Seaward 

Ghosts! Cobwebs! Wooooo noises! Join Will Seaward for extremely silly spine-curdling ghostly tales. But BEWARE: audiences may evaporate from sheer terror...!


Tom Crosbie

Tom Crosbie may not have the answers to any global issues, but, he transports you to his land of whimsy, where his concentrated nerdistry reduces life's little worries to mere homoeopathic levels. If the world's questions can be answered as easily as his Rubik's Cubes, then maybe the time spent learning fun facts was worth it all along. 

Extra activities

  • Tartan It Up Photobooth – Create a wildly majestic selfie portrait with our themed costumes and props
  • Braw Brooches – Create your own highland-inspired brooch, buttonhole or hair accessory to wear
  • Wild and Majestic Tattoos – Choose between stag, targe or luckenbooth temporary tattoos
  • Chinese Calligraphy – Explore this artform with expert Chi Zhang 

Download Programme

Images from our 2018 evening Fringe events © Chris Scott 

Images from our 2018 evening Fringe events © Chris Scott 

Food and drinks

Enjoy drinks at a selection of pop-up bars, graze from sharing boards in the Brasserie bar or grab a snack at a street food stall.

Arrive early and warm up with pre-event drinks and sharing platters in our Brasserie Bar, which will be open from 18:00, or enjoy street food and drinks in our Grand Gallery from 19:30.

Further Information

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 


  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street. 
  • Lifts are available to all event areas and accessible toilets are available on Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.
  • Unfortunately, as Chambers Street is closed to traffic in the evenings due to coach parking for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the usual designated public parking spaces for disabled visitors are not available. City of Edinburgh Council has more information about parking in the city centre.


  • It is not a seated venue for performances. However, there is a variety of seating available around the museum galleries, by the street food stall and in the Brasserie Bar.
  • The Main Stage is for a standing audience (in front of the stage area on Level 1 and viewing from the Level 3 balcony above)
  • The Hawthornden Stage is for a mainly seated audience, with some standing room at the back.
  • The Wee Stage will have some seating at the front plus standing room.


If you have any questions about venue accessibility for your specific needs, please contact us in advance via or ask a member of staff on the night.

Useful Event Information

Performances usually last about 10 – 15 mins and are a taster of the act’s 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 Wee stages have a limited capacity. Programmes will be handed out on the night so that you can plan your evening to avoid missing your favourite show.


Events have limited seating. The Main Stage is standing only, and Hawthornden and Wee 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. If you are unable to stand to watch performances then please see a member of staff on the night.


Wild and Majestic exhibition is open for the night (usual cost £10) so please do have a look round, though you may want to come back for another visit as there’s so much to see!


A cloakroom will be available. Please note there will be a charge of £1.50 per item and only coats and small bags will be accepted (no larger items or suitcases).


Food and drink will be available. In addition to the Brasserie Bar, there will be bars and hot food boxes available in the Grand Gallery.


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! Arrive early and warm up with pre-event drinks and sharing platters in our Brasserie Bar, which will be open from 18:00.


Get a better view. Top tip – you can also get a good view of the main stage from the Level 3 balcony (though please note no drinks are allowed up here).


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.


Please note that filming and photography will take place at this event.

Please note all performances and activities are subject to change. 

Explore more

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.

Scottish History and Archaeology galleries

Our Scottish galleries guide you from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the earliest cultures to space age science.

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