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!


Prestongrange Museum

Wild Prestongrange: Encounter the animals and plants of Prestongrange
Friday 25th March to Friday 30th September

Discover the animals, plants, flowers and mini-beasts that inhabit Prestongrange in this lovely exhibition. Learn some surprising facts, hear natural sounds and have fun with our family activities.


Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

East Lothian: Its People and Its Places
An Exhibition of Photographs by Jessie Ann Matthew

Friday 25th March to Saturday 14 May

An inspiring exhibition of photographs of East Lothian’s landscape, communities and people by artist, Jessie Matthew.  She was commissioned to take the images as part of a Frank Tindall Award and the exhibition showcases the result of the commission.


John Gray Centre Museum

Pixel Perfect

Saturday 30th April to Sunday 29th May

Pixel Perfect is an exhibition to celebrate the work of the Haddington Camera Club members work through the past year.
There is a section dedicated to a collaboration between Haddington Camera Club and Tyne and Esk writers where club members interpreted the work of the Tyne and Esk authors into photographic images

John Muir Birthplace

An Ingenious Whittler - John Muir the Inventor

Saturday 5th March to Sunday 31st July

This exhibition explores the amazing machines that John Muir invented to make life easier.  His designs included clocks and barometers, study desks and 'early rising machines'. Sit on the loafer's chair for a noisy surprise or draw up a blueprint for your own invention!


Musselburgh Museum

History of Musselburgh Curling Club
From the 1st April 2016

Musselburgh Museum will host an exhibition about the history of Musselburgh Curling Club which was founded in 1816. The exhibition will display many wonderful items of historical interest, video presentation, many old trophies, club records and photographs.


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.