Night at the museum: Game Masters edition

Games, live music, speed dating, talks from smart people, and silent disco: Museum Lates has it all

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Night at the museum: Games Masters edition

Django Django at Museum Lates in 2012

While marauding dinosaurs, ramping huns and Ben Stiller on guard duty might sound like a lot of fun, we’re always much more excited about what Museum Lates at Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland has to offer.

The latest edition, Museum Lates: Game Masters, takes place on Fri 13 Feb from 7-10.30pm. The evening is adults only, meaning you big kids get the place all to yourselves, which is great 'cos being bullied off your favourite nostalgic arcade game by a gang of eight-year olds is the last thing you want.

Game Masters has been much hyped since its November arrival courtesy of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and it’s been well worth the buzz. If you haven’t already taken the journey of creative entertainment from Donkey Kong to Minecraft via Guitar Hero, what better time to experience it than with a beer in one hand and a joystick in the other?

With the whole museum undergoing a party takeover, you don’t even need to go into the Game Masters exhibition if you’d rather save it for when there’s more time, or less dancing, to do. As with previous Lates – such as Night of the Mammoths and Behind the Masque (see below) – NMS is offering two types of tickets: Lates only and Lates plus exhibition.


Either way, you get a whole evening’s worth of programming inspired by the games exhibition, with a little added speed dating thrown in to spice things up for Valentines Day.

Vic Galloway hosts live music curated by The List, featuring the silky electronic sounds of The Wild Curve, who caught everyone’s attention with breakout debut single ‘Diamonds’ and cemented their reputation as one to watch with ‘Warriors’.

Serving up their own flavour of cosmic disco is another Glasgow outfit, Happy Meals, whose LP Apéro dropped just before Christmas. Between the live music and Fresh Air FM spinning the Silent Disco tunes, you might be too busy dancing to worry about the videogames.


Fantoosh Face Art will be in the Learning Centre to help you get suitably painted up for the occasion, while you might instead elect to take a timeout with friends in the gaming lounge playing retro and modern video games outside the main exhibition.

With more crafts, a Turing Test, roaming gaming characters (thanks to Queen Margaret University costume design and performance students), talks from the likes of Adrian Hon (co-creator of Zombies, Run!), and your choice of social lubricates (wine, beer, cocktails) and food-on-the-go, there should be plenty to keep you entertained.

Museum Lates: Games Masters, Fri 13 Feb, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 7-10.30pm.

Museum Lates: Game Masters

A chance to immerse yourself in the history of videogames without kids hogging all the machines. From classic arcade cabinets to the latest consoles, this unique and hands-on exhibition has something for everyone. This special night-time event features music from Happy Meals and The Wild Curve. Hosted by Vic Galloway.

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