Meet the family as you get up close to the world of primates, from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.

Stand shoulder to shoulder with our closest living relatives. Swing with the orangutans, spot one of the world’s smallest primates, the grey mouse lemur, get up close to a lowland gorilla and see if you can catch as many termites as a chimpanzee.

Explore our family tree and find out what makes us all primates. Learn how they have adapted to move around and survive in their surroundings, developing different diets and using tools to help them find food. Discover how primates communicate with each other through sounds, sight, smell and touch whether they live alone or in complex social groups. Then investigate how humans and primates co-exist today and see what steps are being taken to protect them.

Featuring more than 60 taxidermy specimens created especially for the exhibition, as well as photography, film and hands-on interactives for all ages, this immersive, family-friendly exhibition will take you into the heart of the jungle.

This family-friendly exhibition will appeal to all ages, in particular children ages 7+.

All the taxidermy specimens in the exhibition are animals that have died naturally in captivity. No animals were harmed for this exhibition.

Inside the exhibition


Photos © Phil Wilkinson.

Visitors' views

Behind the scenes

How do you prepare over 60 taxidermy specimens for display? The slideshow below shows how the monkeys, apes and other primates have been primped and preened for their moment in their spotlight.

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Which primate are you?

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Museum Late: Monkey Business

Our legendary Museum Lates return on Friday 10 March with a focus on our fascinating exhibition, Monkey Business.
Exhibition information


9 Dec 2016 - 23 Apr 2017


Exhibition Gallery 1

How much

Adult: £10  
Concessions*: £8  
Child (5-15 years): £7 (under 5s free)
Family of 4 (must include at least 1 adult and 1 child): £31.00
Family of 3 (must include at least 1 adult and 1 child): £22.50 
Members: free
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount

All tickets include a discretionary donation. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation the admission prices are: Adult £9, Concession £7.20, Child £6.30, Family of 3 £19.50, Family of 4 £27. Tickets are subject to a transaction booking fee and postal costs.

* 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.

Booking information

Book in person, by calling 0300 123 6789, or book online.

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