Visiting Our Museums

All of our Museums are free to visit, although donations are welcome and there might be a small cost for some events or activities. Our museums have activities for families, exhibitions, a shop, and are wheelchair accessible. We welcome everyone and would be delighted if you stopped by. 
 
Are you visiting with a group? Get in touch before your visit and we could arrange a tour, an activity or a workshop. A visit to a museum can be a great part of your topic at school or a real sourse of inspiration for groups of all ages. We will always do our best to accommodate you and your group, just let us know what you need! We've enjoyed welcoming U3A groups, adult education groups, after school clubs, home educator groups, Brownies, Cubs, summer holiday clubs, day centres and many many more people - why not give us a ring or drop and e-mail to elms@eastlothian.gov.uk? We'd be delighted to hear from you. The contact details of all our museums can be found here and the opening hours are listed below. You can find accessibility information by clicking on the museum you would like to visit or you can visit www.disabledgo.com.
 
Don't forget there are plenty of resouces available online and that you can borrow to support a group visit.
 
We are delighted that Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, John Muir's Birthplace and Prestongrange Museum all feature on www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk. Find out more by clicking the venue name (external links) Day Out With The Kids logo
  

The museum tells the story of East Lothian from its earliest people to today, through displays, interactives, art pieces and a film. Families can enjoy dressing up, toys from the past, games, and even a smelly wall! The museum is located upstairs on the 1st floor in the Centre.

 
Summer Opening hours (April to September):
Monday to Friday - 10am - 5pm
Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, 1pm-4pm
 
Winter Hours (October to March):
Monday, Tuesday and Friday - 10am - 5pm
Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Closed Wednesday and Thursday
 
Free drop-in activities for families are available every Sunday afternoon from November to March
 

The museum tells the story of John Muir, who was born in Dunbar, who went on to set up America's National Parks and changed the way people viewed the environment. Over three floors, the building tells John's story through displays, touch-screen computers, a film and objects. On the top floor, families can enjoy the book corner and read stories about John.

 


 

Summer Opening Hours (April to September):
Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 1pm-5pm
 
Winter Hours (October to March):
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 1pm-5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
 

Experience Dunbar past and present in this wonderfully refurbished building.  Brand new galleries explore the town's history and an airy exhibition space hosts both local history and local art exhibitions.  Visitors can also take a guided tour around the building to find out more about its fascinating history.  The Town House is run in partnership with Dunbar and District History Society and includes a rooms that can be booked for meetings, events and weddings. 

Summer Opening Hours (April to September):
Monday - Sunday, 1pm-5pm
 
Winter Hours (October to March):

Saturday and Sunday afternoons only courtesy of Dunbar and District History Society

 

Musselburgh Museum tells the story of the town from its earliest inhabitants to present day. It is operated in partnership between the Council and Musselburgh Museum and Heritage Group.
 
Opening Hours
For current opening hours visit the musuem website here.
 

A visitor centre and an open-air site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution. Remnants of its former industries can still be seen, including the rare Hoffman Kiln built in 1937 and the Cornish Beam Engine, unique in Scotland as the only beam engine still on the site where it worked.
 
Summer Opening Hours (April to September):
Monday - Sunday, 11:30am - 4:30pm
 
Winter Hours (October to March):
Visitor Centre is closed, however, the site is still open for self guided telephone tours (just call the numbers you see around the site) and a very pleasant walk! 
 

This exciting community museum is a fascinating exploration of East Lothian's coastal communities encompassing Aberlady, Dirleton, Gullane, Whitekirk and North Berwick. The museum operated and managed by the Coastal Communities Museum Trust in partnership with East Lothian Council. The museum is on the first floor of the old school building in North Berwick above North Berwick Library.
 
Opening Hours
For the current opening hours please visit the museum website by clicking here.