Museum Late: Fringe Fridays

Fringe Fridays at the museum are a magical experience! There’s a plethora of acts which span the genres available at the festival, each act performing a 15 minute taster on a main stage on the bottom level of the museum. There were a variety of comedy and theatre events previewing their talents on the evening this reviewer attended, and each went down a treat with the audience. We are invited to come and go as we please, though the main staging is visible across the venue – so if you do choose to go to the different levels, you can still enjoy what's happening.

a slick and sophisticated evening of culture, comedy, cabaret and theatre

On arrival, the Grand Gallery stage is immediately visible – where guests can sit and enjoy the taster events. And interspersed around the venue, there are various other acts happening like magic tricks, mime and feats of acrobatic wonder. It all comes together to create an enchanting aura with the potential for anything to be lurking around the corner.

As well as the performances, there’s also the opportunity to explore the museum in this enchanting ambience – with the bars across the venue, it really is museum party. A variety of drinks and bar snacks are available. And across three floors, visitors can enjoy a variety of exhibitions and soak in local and national culture. There’s areas of the museum which feature more of the energetic party atmosphere, and other more chilled areas for those who want a quieter experience or just some down time.

Fringe Fridays are a slick and sophisticated evening of culture, comedy, cabaret and theatre – a perfect amalgamation of everything the Edinburgh Fringe is renowned for. Super close to the rest of the Fringe, it’s a lovely oasis from all the chaos, as although it was busy on the night this reviewer attended, there’s a limited number of tickets available. This means that across the three floors and various nooks, crannies and exhibition spaces, there really is something for everyone.

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Museum Late: Fringe Fridays. 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. 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. Guest programmed by the festival gurus at The List, each night of this adults-only extravaganza offers a different take on the Fringe.

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