The second of the National Museum of Scotland‘s Museum Lates events, Night of the Mummy saw the galleries of the Chambers St institution filled with the sights, sounds and smells of ancient Egypt in a fun-packed evening inspired by the current Fascinating Mummies exhibition.
The 2,000 tickets were snapped up soon after they went on sale, and the museum was filled with a mostly young crowd sampling the entertainment and activities on offer throughout the galleries. Whether it was the chance to make a pharaoh’s headdress or unwrap a mummy; be turned into Cleopatra via some artistic and stylish facepaint or view the fashions in the pop-up bazaar: there was something to appeal to everyone.
Although they had to head off to their beds before we had a chance to see them, we have it on good authority the meerkats were well worth meeting: as were the albino python and pygmy hedgehog (apparently the ‘cutest thing ever’!)
The popular Silent Disco was back, and was queued out by 10pm; and less silent musical entertainment came courtesy of a DJ set from Ally McRae and live performances from Edinburgh’s Bwani Junction and Glasgow band Sparrow And The Workshop. There was also the chance to have a private viewing of the Fascinating Mummies exhibition for those lucky enough to secure a ticket; whilst live comedy was on offer in the museum’s auditorium.
This event felt much busier than the first: and there were times when the queues at the bars and food stalls made it feel a little too packed. However, there was so much to see and do around the museum that this was only a minor niggle: and, as at the first event, the smiles on everyone’s faces proved a great time was being had by all.
Fast becoming the hottest ticket in town, Museum Lates is a fun and original night out in stunning surroundings. Tickets to the next event on May 18th – themed around an Alice In Wonderland style tea party – are bound to go quick, so keep an eye on the Museum’s Twitter and Facebook pages to find out when they go on sale.