Review: Museum After Hours - Friday Fringe Takeover

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

National Museum Of Scotland, Chamber St

As a kid I couldn’t begin to count how many days I spent roaming around this building - a place which never ceased to delight and inform as I pushed buttons and watched exhibits move and come to life.

The opportunity to wander its corridors with a beer in hand, and hearing the building shake to the sounds of singers, drummers and performers was simply irresistible.

The opening night of the ‘Friday Fringe Takeovers’ season was a sell-out - no kids allowed, just a night for adults to act like ‘em for a few hours. What a magical experience!

The foyer is turned into a performance area, but events and shows happen all around you as you wander the floors of this wonderful building.

The lecture room hosted some smashing comedy and then Colin Cloud, whose mind reading skills defy explanation. His 30-minute set was astonishing - little wonder he is selling out most nights at the Pleasance.

But away from the shows, there was an exhibition on the history of photography from its early days right up to the world of selfies.

As you travel through time you can stop, don a Victorian costume and pose for your own snaps before joining the selfie wall and seeing yourself framed high above.

Badge making? Why not!

Performance art on the magnificent steps that sweep down to the foyer? Simply turn round and you’ll see it.

It’s wonderful to see the museum filled with noise and atmosphere - a place normally visited in general quietness simply buzzes with fun.

The late night shows are simply a must-see and must-do - the perfect excuse to be a big kid again for a few hours.

Oh, and they serve Pimms.

Seriously, what more could you want on a Friday night.