Curator Sophie Goggins with a rare anatomical model by Louis Auzouz, 19th-century. Photo © Neil Hanna (1) (1)

Museum Late: Anatomica

On Friday 7 October the legendary Museum Lates return with an Anatomy theme inspired by the popular exhibition, Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life, at the National Museum of Scotland.

Museum Late: Anatomica  

Friday 7 October, 7:30pm–10.30pm 
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh 


On Friday 7 October the crowd-pleasing Museum Lates series return with an Anatomy themed evening event inspired by the critically acclaimed exhibition, Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life, at the National Museum of Scotland. 

Anatomica will be hosted by comedian, writer and presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s history series, Time TravelsSusan Morrison. Late-goers will have the rare opportunity to explore the National Museum of Scotland at night and explore the Anatomy exhibition, while the Grand Gallery will showcase dance and acrobatic performances illustrating the amazing ability of the human body. House of Jack will be performing hip hop and breakdance performances and teaching guests a few moves after. Delighters Circus will engage guests with hula hooping before they bring contortion, a Cyr wheel and a fantastical hula hoop finale. 

Host Susan Morrison said:  

“I am thrilled to be hosting Museum Lates in October.  'Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life' is yet another brilliant exhibition at NMS, and this astounding night celebrating the wonder of the human body will be fantastic.” 

Guests will be able to enjoy bite-sized talks with experts in the Auditorium. The medical historian, anaesthetist and half of writing collaboration, Ambrose Parry; Dr. Marisa Haetzman shares some fascinating facts that inspired their popular historical crime series. Surgeon’s Hall Human Remains Conservator and former mortician, Cat Irving, will discuss tales from her unusual career and her recent work preserving the skeleton of William Burke. Leading anatomist  Dr Jennifer Z Paxton, offers a glimpse into the future of the science.  

Favourite features will see the return of a silent disco alongside hands-on anatomical activities as well as life drawing, body painting and temporary tattoos. There will also be pop-up bars and a street food stall. 

Tickets are on sale now at or call 0300 123 6789.   

Tickets for the Museum Late  are priced £20 (£18 concessions, £16 National Museums Scotland members and £14 student and Young Scot), and include admission to the exhibition, Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life. Group bookings of 6 are discounted to £16.50 each.  

Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life is sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers. 

Further information and images from Press Office, National Museums Scotland on 0131 247 4391 or email 


Notes to Editors 

  1. National Museums Scotland looks after museum collections of national and international importance and provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display. 
  1. The National Museum of Scotland is the most popular museum in the country outside of London (source: Association of Leading Visitor Attractions). The National Museum of Scotland was awarded ‘Gold’ Level Green Tourism Visitor Attraction status in 2016.