Summer Festivities at the National Museum of Scotland Feature the Edinburgh Festivals Programme

Summer Festivities at the National Museum of Scotland Feature the Edinburgh Festivals Programme

Treasures of the Ming dynasty, contemporary Australian art, commemoration of the First World War, music from Scotland and around the world and a series of special 'after hours' events all feature in a packed Edinburgh Festivals programme at the National Museum of Scotland.

The events are part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival programmes.

On three consecutive Fridays, 8, 15 and 22 August, Museum After Hours events offer Fringe-goers a unique opportunity to explore the national collections and the special exhibition Ming: The Golden Empire after hours, with bars, music and performers in the Grand Gallery and the Auditorium.

Festival acts from across the globe will perform at these unmissable events, offering a different flavour of the Fringe each night. Acts, hand-picked by media partners at The List, will include American dance troupe Rhythmic Circus, visual comedy from Be-Dom, guitar-maestro Declan Zapala, international concert circuit performer and master of the guzheng Zi Lan Liao, the fabulous foxtrotters Fly Right Dance Company, whimsical comedian Eleanor Morton and real-life Sherlock Holmes, Colin Cloud.

Tickets cost £16 (£14 concessions) and are on sale now at

Free Fringe Music, in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland, will showcase some of the best contemporary talents from across Scotland and beyond - for free. Every day at 2pm from 2 - 24 August, visitors to the Museum will be invited to enjoy a different talent each day, from bold brass and fabulous fiddlers, to soprano soloists and singer-songwriters.

National Museums Scotland is also proud to be working with the Edinburgh International Festival on a new exhibition by acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor, Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral. Inspired by National Museums Scotland's World Cultures collections, Primordial responds to an array of wonders from the worlds of science, technology and nature, and includes a magnificent series of large works on paper and aluminium, inspired by entwined cultural histories of people and place. Danie will be in conversation with art historian Dr Alison Bracker on Saturday 2 August. Tickets for this event are free and can be booked online at

As well as the festival events the National Museum of Scotland also has special exhibitions on display throughout August, including Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War (admission free) and major summer exhibition Ming: the Golden Empire.