John Muir's Birthplace

John Muir's life and work has inspired people all over the world. Discover how a boy born in Dunbar 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 programme (with more information on our events and exhibitions pages) and a shop offering books and gifts for all ages. More access information is available on the  Accessibility Guides website. We welcome group visits and would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you. You can also keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter @JM_Birthplace

Opening hours

Information on opening hours


  • the museum is free to enter although there may be a small charge for some events or activities - donations are welcome

How to find us

  • by train: the station is a 10 minute walk away
  • by bus: regular bus services run throughout the year to and from Edinburgh City Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Berwick
  • by bike: visitors on bikes are welcome and you can securely lock your bike just outside the museum
  • on foot: we are the official end of the John Muir Way and welcome walkers
  • by car: we are signposted off the A1 and there is 1 hour of free parking available on the High Street - further parking including coach parking is available at the Splash Leisure Pool. Electric car charging points are available at the Bleachingfield Car Park and on Spott Road