Events and Activities

We have a variety of events running throughout the year with activities for different ages, for groups and individuals. 


Scotland Through the Ages

Join us on 28th and 29th November 2015 for a fabulous two day living history extravaganza at Prestongrange Museum! The Saltire Festival  comes to Prestongrange for a fun packed two day event called Scotland Through the Ages. Meet Mary Queen of Scots, Jacobites and even a juggling jester. There will be falconry displays, weaponry and tactics from the Battle of Athelstaneford and WW1 weaponry and training. Warm up in the Museum Visitor Centre with soup and sandwiches hot drinks and cakes and find out more here! We do hope you can make it!


Christmas at East Lothian Museums!

29th November 2 - 7pm, Dunbar Christmas Market and Light Switch On, High Street, Dunbar

If you are coming along to the Christmas light Switch on in Dunbar join us for storytelling at John Muir’s Birthplace, tours and Christmas crafts at Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery. There will also be stalls with local arts, crafts and produce, Santa’s Grotto and children’s entertainment and fairground rides. Local shops will be open late and the lights will be switched on at 6pm. 


12 days of Christmas competition at John Muir’s Birthplace Dunbar and John Gray Centre, Haddington. Starting on 1st December we invite you to join in our 12 Days of Christmas Competition! Find a character from the famous song each day and enter the draw to win some great family prizes from Enjoy Leisure, Scottish Seabird Centre, East Links Farm Park and Brunton Theatre.


Drop in Christmas crafts at John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar Friday 18th  – Thursday 24th December. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Admission Free and donations welcome for crafts.


Join us for a Family Festive Fun Day on 4th December 1-4pm at the John Gray Centre.  Meet Santa, make some lovely Christmas crafts, listen to Christmas stories and enjoy live music!


Enjoy our Sunday afternoon Christmas-themed drop-in crafts at the John Gray Centre on 6th, 13th, 20th December in the museum with fun activities, scavenger hunts and storytelling!


Children's University

We are delighted that all our museums are Learning Destinations for the Children's University. The Children's University is a fabulous charity that encourages children aged 5 to 14 to try new experiences and develop new skills and interests by participating in Learning Activities outside school. Remember to bring your Learning Passport with you when you visit! Interested in the scheme and want to know more - just click on the link above and you'll find all the information you need!


Passport to the Past

During museum opening hours  

Under-14s | Any museum

Free, donations welcome

Come and be a museum detective or test your wits with our activity sheets, and pick up a free Passport to the Past. Collect stickers and stamps at any of East Lothian Council’s museums to win our special Museum Challenger badge!


Crafty Sundays 

John Gray Centre

Every Sunday, October–December


Suggested donation £1 per child 

Drop in for themed crafts activities, scavenger hunts, storytelling and more, and let your wee ones explore their creative side! Activities are suitable for children of all ages and accompanying adults. 


Museum Audio Guides

John Gray Centre


Available daily during opening hours

Free, donations welcome 

The main exhibition has been largely audio-described, with vivid descriptions of the objects on display and fascinating background information about them. It has been developed to bring the exhibition to life for visually impaired people, and includes optional navigational guidelines for getting around the exhibition. Suitable for all visitors.


Monthly talks at the John Gray Centre

Star Room

Last Tuesday of the month

7–8pm, suitable for adults

£5 (£3 conc) per person 

Alternating art and history, experts come and talk on different themes each month. More information can be found on 


Treasure Tours

John Gray Centre

Bookable, ideally 3 weeks in advance

Suitable for groups of all ages

Free with a small charge if refreshments are required

Bring your group to the John Gray Centre to discover the unique and wonderful collections in our Archive, Local History Centre and Museum.