Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

The centre of town life for over 400 years of civic pride

With its distinctive witch’s hat tower and its bell, clock and sun dials, the Town House has been the focus of town life since the 16th century. Our staff are always on hand to chat about the town and the history of the building.

The building is home to a museum and gallery on the ground floor with changing historical and art exhibitions as well as a local history display area and research room managed by Dunbar and District History Society. The display areas are fully accessible.

Visitors can see the Council Chamber and an atmospheric jail cell during a tour. On the upper floors there is now a community room, available to council and community groups for meetings and events, in addition to the Council Chambers, which can be booked for meetings, civil marriages and other functions. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and for information about the current room hire charge rates.

We welcome group visits and would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you.

The Museum is free to enter although there may be a small charge for some events and activities.


During the four-year phased refurbishment project, made possible by funding from Dunbar Townscape Heritage Initiative, Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Viridor via Future Balance and ASDA, construction work revealed some fascinating features of the building's past, such as a lintel stone taken from Dunbar Castle after it was demolished in 1568, and historic  graffiti dating back to the mid-1700s. Photographs of these and other Town House features can be viewed on the Museums Service  flickr page, while the Spring 2012 edition of  Living East Lothian  presented 'a sneak peek' at the results of the refurbishment.


Opening hours

April to September: Monday to Sunday, 1pm - 5pm 

October to March: Saturday and Sunday afternoons courtesy of Dunbar History Society


Contact Us
Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery 
High Street, Dunbar 
EH42 1ER

01620 820699


Community Exhibitions

Would you like to curate our own exhibition at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery? Click on the  Community Curators page to find out more.