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

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 & Dunbar Town House and Gallery

Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy
Saturday, 28 June to Tuesday, 30 September
An exhibition celebrating the fascinating structures, patterns and anatomies of the plant world through the eyes and words of John Muir. It includes:
- Images of Muir’s own plant specimens, drawings and journal notes...
- Living and preserved real plant specimens
- Local John Muir Award projects
- Fun hands on activities for families

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

Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry 1745

17 - 29 September  I  Opening Hours

The Prestonpans Tapestry celebrates the enduring triumph of youthful Hope and Ambition. The journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France then through the Scottish Highlands to Victory at Prestonpans is depicted in 104 metre wide embroidered panels. Each has been created by volunteer embroiderers along the route. A portion of this tapestry will be on display at Prestongrange Museum.


Musselburgh Museum

We Will Remember Them: WWI in Musselburgh
8 August - 29 November

The story of World War 1 and how it affected the men, women and children of the town of Musselburgh. “The exhibition and the other activities being undertaken – with generous support from the Heritage Lottery – will offer a unique and one off chance to remember those of the town and district who fought, were killed or survived the conflict, as well as those who were left behind and served on the Home Front.”