Party-goers have a scream at their night at the museum

RBS Museum Lates serves up a mummy-themed feast for thousands of visitors

National Museum of Scotland
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RBS Museum Lates was a repeat success as thousands of night time revellers flocked to the National Museum of Scotland.

The second event of its kind in the Chambers Street venue, Night of the Mummy was a mix of music, comedy and interactive history centred around an Egyptian theme.

Despite selling out the 2000 tickets on offer, visitors had plenty of room to mill around examining the wealth of weird and wonderful artefacts on offer in the cavernous space, which reopened last summer after a two-year refurbishment.

But the main spectacle was undoubtedly in the Grand Gallery, where a line-up of up-and-coming bands hand-picked by The List magazine took to the stage to rock the spacious hall.

Drawn away from Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons and ancient art, the crowd assembled to see Radio One's Ally McCrae introduce Edinburgh quartet Bwani Junction, followed by a set from award-winning Glasgow outfit, Sparrow and the Workshop.

Alternative entertainment was also on offer in the museum's auditorium, where intelligent comedy troupe Bright Club performed to a packed-out audience, and elsewhere daring guests could have the gory experience of unwrapping a mummy.

Returning from last year was the ever-popular silent disco, taking up the Imagine Gallery, in which party-goers could dance (and sing) to their own tune, including hits from Michael Jackson to Gina G, as well as Face Art, decorating mummy fans with Ancient Egypt-inspired designs.

Eventually, the crowd gathered to see the Millennium Clock chime 11 o'clock and goodnight, putting an end to their night at the museum.

Tommy Morrison, who was at RBS Museum Lates for the first time, said he thought it had been a great night. He added: “I think it was really good. I've never been to anything like this before - I've been to museums, but this is very different.”

Susan McGragh also enjoyed her night with friends. She said: “It was brilliant, Bwani Junction were great and it's a really good idea. It's actually amazing being able to look at the collections at night, it's a lot more than I expected. It was such a good night.”

In pictures - RBS Museum Lates: Night of the Mummy

Add your own pictures and see other visitors' snaps at the RBS Museum Lates Flickr group.

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