National Museums Scotland Enterprises Hospitality and Events welcomed nearly 400 clients and industry contacts to the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street for an evening extravaganza. Guests were treated to a high quality food and drink experience, exciting entertainment and experienced the Museum as it has never been seen before.
Celebrating the Museum’s 150th anniversary year, the Grand Gallery’s original architecture, with its beautiful “birdcage” structure and delicate cast-iron balconies and soaring glass roof, was transformed into a dark Victorian circus, complete with circus tent, acrobatic performers and Can-can dancers, and even a giant elephant hoisted to the ceiling by an air balloon.
The event, on Thursday 10 November, showcased the Museum as an events venue and demonstrated the versatility of the space and the quality produce and services of its key suppliers. Having been open as a visitor attraction until 5pm, the venue was turned around and ready to welcome guests at 7pm.
National Museums Scotland Enterprises director of hospitality and events Robin Stewart said: “The event was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the stunning venue that is the National Museum of Scotland. We worked closely with our suppliers to put together the event and were delighted with how the evening ran. Feedback from our clients and guests has been overwhelming positive and we look forward to welcoming them back to the Museum soon.”
In collaboration with a catering panel made up of Clerkenwell Green, Heritage Portfolio, Prestige Venues and Events and Wilde Thyme, guests were treated to a range of delights from candyfloss cocktails to a chocolate dessert table, an extravagant seafood bar and even a sensory dining experience.
National Museums Scotland Ltd also worked with Core Event Services, Reel Time Events, Roseparks and Skylarks to provide entertainment and décor. Props and theming for the event were supplied by the Blue Parrot Company.