East Lothian Council

Museums in East Lothian

John Muir's Birthplace

John Muir statue, Dunbar

A unique, award winning museum dedicated to the life of John Muir

John Muir’s life and work has inspired people all over the world. Discover how the boy born in this house became one of the driving forces behind the global conservation movement.

Our absorbing hands-on interpretation centre will take you on a journey through John Muir’s life as a pioneering conservationist, explorer, writer, geologist and inventor. Our friendly, well informed staff are always on hand to help and answer questions.

The building is fully accessible with three floors of family friendly interactive displays complemented by a lively exhibition and events programme and a shop offering books and gifts for all ages.

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.

If you are here for the day there is a good selection of places to eat and drink with something to offer every taste within a short walk.

Opening Hours

  • April to September: 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1pm-5pm Sunday
  • October to March: 10am-5pm Wednesday-Saturday, 1pm-5pm Sunday
  • Christmas 2017: the museum will close on 24th December and reopen on 3rd January 2018 

Address & Contact Details

John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1JJ

Tel: +44 (0)1368 865899 | Email: info@jmbt.org.uk | http://www.jmbt.org.uk/

Access Guide

For more information on access please visit disabledGo - John Muir's Birthplace.


Find out more about our Events, Activities and Exhibitions.

See Also

Why not enjoy a day out in Dunbar and visit our sister museum Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery (open April to Sept) or one of the other attractions in the area.

Find out more on the Visit East Lothian website.

How to Find Us

By TRAIN - The station is a 10 minute walk away. There is a train service to Dunbar from Edinburgh and the south. For timetables see http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/ and http://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/

By BUS - Regular bus services run throughout the year to and from Edinburgh City Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Berwick. All stop within easy reach. For timetables see http://www.firstgroup.com/, http://www.perrymansbuses.co.uk/ and http://www.eveinfo.co.uk/

By CAR - John Muir's Birthplace is signposted off the A1 from the north and south and can be found towards the north end of the High Street. There is free parking available on the High Street for 1 hour or at the Splash Leisure Pool signposted just off the north end of the High Street. Coach parking is also available at the Leisure Pool car park. Electric car charging points are available at the Bleachingfield Car Park and on Spott Road between ADSA and Dunbar Garden Centre.

By BIKE - Bikes can be hired locally at http://www.belhavenbikes.co.uk/ or http://www.lawcycles.co.uk/. Cycle maps are available for purchase at the Birthplace or at http://www.spokes.org.uk/. For planned cycle routes in the area see http://www.cycle-route.com/

On FOOT - we are the official end of the John Muir Way and are delighted to welcome walkers.

Dunbar Road, Haddington, EH41 3PJ

Telephone: 01620 820600

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.