All of our Museums are free to visit, although donations are welcome. Our museums have activities for families, exhibitions, a shop, and are wheelchair accessible.
John Gray Centre, Haddington
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
Free drop-in activities for families are available every Sunday afternoon from November to March
John Muir's Birthplace, Dunbar
The museum tells the story of John Muir, who was born in Dunbar, who went on to set up America's National Parks and change 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.
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.
The museum is now closed for the winter and will reopen in March 2015.
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.
This exciting new community museum is a fascinating exploration of East Lothian's coastal communities encompassing Aberlady, Dirleton, Gullane, Whitekirk and North Berwick. The museum is being developed 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.
The museum is currently open:
Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 4pm