East Lothian Council

The Museums Service

About us

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The Museums Service operates museums at:

We also support the Musselburgh Museum and Heritage Group to operate Musselburgh Museum and the Coastal Communities Museum Trust to operate the Coastal Communities Museum. Their current opening hours can be found on their website. 

Opening hours

Please see the individual museum's pages for full details of opening hours; however, in summary:

  • John Gray Centre Museum is open 7 days a week, April to September and October to March, closed on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Prestongrange Museum is open seasonally from April to September 7 days a week
  • Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery is open seasonally from April to September 7 days a week
  • John Muir's Birthplace is open daily April to September, closed Monday and Tuesday October to March

What do we do?

The Museums Service manages and runs the museums listed above, stages exhibitions, runs events and activities and looks after the East Lothian Council museum collection.  Anything in the collection but not on display is held in our environmentally-controlled store at the Museums Service Headquarters in Haddington. While this is not open to the public, appointments can be arranged to view specific objects upon request. In addition, the Service supports activities, events and exhibitions by community groups across East Lothian.

We have a number of very attractive venues with rooms that can be hired out by groups. Click here for information about rooms available to hire at the John Gray Centre, and here for information about rooms available at the Dunbar Town House.

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