Current Exhibitions

We have a range of temporary exhibitions which take place across our museums. All our exhibitions are free to visit, although donations are welcome. You can find some of our exhibitions online:  here. You can find out about staging your own exhibition at one of our venues, here!


Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery


Castles, Conflict and Community, Delving into Dunbar’s Military Past
Until 26th March


Reflect on war’s impact on Dunbar through accounts from soldiers, business owners and  townspeople, through periods of conflict.


John Gray Centre Museum


The Garden of Scotland: East Lothian's community gardening heritage
Sat 13th Aug -  Tue 22nd November 


Explore the history of gardening in the region and enjoy photographs showcasing East Lothian’s allotments, community gardens, gardeners and produce.This is a fun display for all the family to enjoy! Why not visit, put on your crazy, creative thinking cap and take the opportunity to design your own perfect garden, follow our family trail or play with our fuzzy felt garden?

John Muir Birthplace


America’s Best Idea and John Muir: Celebrating the Centenary of the US National Park Service
Until end November

Come and discover why Muir fought passionately to preserve these areas for our future.


Musselburgh Museum


An exhibition celebrating the  200th Anniversary of Musselburgh Racecourse
Until Friday 30th October

Enjoy a wide variety of objects and photographs including beautiful Victorian racing silks worn by local jockeys and racing trophies including the 200th Anniversary trophy presented in July by HM The Queen.


Coastal Communities Museum

'99 OBJECTS: a History of the Coastal Communities'
Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays until Sunday 4 September and then weekends only until 27 November 2016

Each of the 99 OBJECTS making-up the exhibition has its own tale to tell, which invites the curious visitor to examine and explore in greater depth the centuries of history or indeed pre-history of our local area. Visitors to the exhibition can chose to travel through time by opting to view objects from different centuries or instead select objects with a common thread.  From Numbers 1 to 99 there is something for everyone, but only each visitor can determine their top ten objects. One of the highlights of this exhibition is the spectacular display of the lens from the original  Bass Rock lighthouse (1902). This was dismantled and stored away on-shore when the lighthouse was de-manned in 1988.  Now they have been reassembled for the first time and along with accompanying material about the geology, history and wildlife of the Bass Rock provide a key source of information about this famous local landmark.