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

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Gather your troops

Gather your troops and join us for a night of fun, frivolity and some monkeying around. Whether you’re displaying your dance moves, sampling a tasty insect snack, or showing off your puzzle solving abilities like the remarkable homo sapien you are there’s primate pleasing activities for everyone at this Museum Late.


Our headliners for the night are Glasgow five-piece WHITE - a hurtling juggernaut of synth stabs, razor-sharp guitars and even sharper attire. A cacophony of pink noise, huge drums, infectious hooks and an explosive frontman channelling Jacques Brel & Nick Cave. They are turning heads with debut song "Living Fiction", the NME calling it "the kind of full-blown space wig-out Bowie would be proud of".

 Above: Headliners five-piece WHITE will be performing at Museum Late: Monkey Business.

Be Charlotte

Support for the night takes the form of Be Charlotte, fronted by teenaged queen of good vibes Charlotte Brimner. Winners of the 2016 Scottish Alternative Music Award for Best Electronic Act the pitch perfect songstress has quickly become synonymous with endearing charisma that is displayed in her captivating live show. 

Image above: Be Charlotte, Winners of the 2016 Scottish Alternative Music Award for Best Electronic Act.







Aerial artists, DJs and dancing

Walk into dappled light and hanging vines as the Grand Gallery takes on a jungle feeling for the night.  Look up to catch aerial dance theatre company All or Nothing making an appearance in the leaves above and get into the swing of things with Fresh Air FM DJs bringing the beats between acts.



  • Pick the brains of keepers from Edinburgh Zoo about their experiences with our primate cousins.
  • Dine à la jungle and try a tasty insect snack.
  • Play some themed board games and flaunt your superior memory, dexterity or general silliness.
  • Make a leafy craft with art gurus from the Red Door Gallery.
  • Add to your assets with ‘heads and tails’ mask and bottom-making .
  • Get your face painted jungle style.
  • Dance like no one’s listening at our ever popular silent disco.


  • A selection of talks from primate psychology experts from Heriot-Watt and Stirling Universities and our own museum curators.
  • Play a game of Primate Bingo with Edinburgh’s favourite party nerds Eureka Edinburgh.

Idlewild playying in the Grand Gallery at the Celts Late in 2016. 

Night-time galleries

All ticketholders will be given the territory of night-time galleries to explore, and those who purchase a combo ticket can also visit the fantastic Monkey Business exhibition on the night.


A range of refreshments including wine, beer and cocktails along with soft drinks and food-on-the-go will be available from our bars in the Grand Gallery and Hawthornden Court. Or take a seat in the Museum Brasserie, open from 17:30 on the night for delectable dining. Call 0131 247 4040 in advance to be sure of a table.

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Monkey Business events

From crafty creations to an after hours party, the events programme for our Monkey Business exhibition is filled with fun.

Monkey Business Lunch

Feed the monkeys their favourite food in this fast-paced game. Watch out for Big G the gorilla - he's always hungry! And don't let those pesky Venus Fly Traps steal the primates' lunch...
Event information


10 Mar 2017


National Museum of Scotland

How much

Age 18+

Late plus exhibition entry £20, £18, Members & Concessions

Late only £12, £10, Members & Concessions

Booking information

Book Late only

Book Late + Monkey Business exhibition