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
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
Hawthornden Court transformed for the Friday Fringe Takeover. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott
Enjoy the evening with friends and family . Image © Chris Scott
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
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
Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List. Image from 2016 event © Chris Scott
Food and drink will be available.
Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart.
Monkey Dance: the Rockapella Musical!Music, a cappella, beatboxing and martial arts combine in a fusion of exhilarating musical physical enjoyment. An entirely new style of performance, direct from Korea!
The Feathers of Daedalus Circus present Coppélia - the infamous ballet of a mechanical doll is stripped bare, swallowed and spat out through the compelling voice of contemporary circus.
The Rat Pack
See Frank, Sammy and Dean's world-famous recordings brought to life on stage. This talented cast take a trip back to glamorous Las Vegas, when the Rat Pack ruled the town.
Jamie Wood – I am a Tree
When Jamie is still for any length of time, someone finds him and tells him about their life. His girlfriend says he is like a tree that dogs like to piss on. From the creator of O No! comes something else entirely. A dance party with ghosts, in a forest, in a museum. An invitation to drink deep, face the shadows that growl inside you and laugh big.
The world's greatest illusion artists from Korea bring you an astounding, enchanting experience of a lifetime. Snap is a multi-faceted art performance based on magic with ingenious stage language, mime, comedy and more.
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 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.
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.
25 Aug 2017
National Museum of Scotland
£18, £16 Members and concessions*
Price includes admission to Jacobites exhibition
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.