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.


John Gray Centre

The King, the Queen and the Vicious Strumpet

Saturday, 25 January to Tuesday, 22 April

Celebrating the homecoming of many of East Lothian’s archives from the National Records of Scotland, the exhibition showcases material from Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce and some everyday people from East Lothian’s past.


Our War: East Lothian 1914–18

Saturday, 17 May to Sunday, 30 November

Explore East Lothian’s contribution to the campaigns of World War One in this exhibition to coincide with the centenary of the start of the war. It will include the experiences of the soldiers and local regiments that served overseas, the efforts on the home front, and the effects on the landscape and towns of East Lothian.


John Muir’s Birthplace

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth

Friday, 3 January to Sunday, 15 June

This exhibition explores John’s childhood in the mid 1800s, based on his book of the same title. It includes his early life in Dunbar, his school days and the experiences that led him to become such an important conservationist.


Coastal Communities Museum

Coastal Ward 1914-1918: A Commemorative Exhibition of Life During Wartime

Summer 2014

A temporary exhibition exploring the impact of World War One on the East Lothian coastal area: the stories, the photos, the memories, and the effect on local families. A series of events for children and adults will accompany the exhibition. There will also be opportunities to discover more about the museum and how to support its future development.


Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery

A History of Dunbar Town House

Tuesday, 1 April to Tuesday, 30 September

Dunbar Town House was at the centre of Dunbar’s civic life for over 500 years. This display explores its role through objects and photographs connected to its long history. Post up your own memories and enjoy a display of local contemporary art. Available via a tour, please ask for details.


Prestongrange Museum

Wild Prestongrange: Encounter the Animals and Plants of Prestongrange

Tuesday, 1 April to Tuesday, 30 September

Discover the animals, plants, flowers and mini-beasts that inhabit the Prestongrange site. Learn some surprising facts, hear natural sounds, and share your own sightings! Plus, go on our specially created walks to spot animals and plants in their natural habitats and try out activities for young children.


Musselburgh Museum

Musselburgh Windsor Football Club 60th Anniversary

Thursday, 27 March to Saturday, 26 April

Musselburgh Windsor Football Club is one of the oldest youth football clubs in Scotland. This exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of Musselburgh Windsor FC, displaying memorabilia – trophies, medals, strips, pennants – and photographs through the decades.


Musselburgh’s Sporting Heritage

Thursday, 8 May to Saturday, 26 July

Running concurrently with the Commonwealth Games, this exhibition will feature some of the sports clubs and sportsmen and women of Musselburgh.