Coastal Communities Museum

Travel through time and discover more about the history and pre-history of this captivating coastline and associated hinterland. Museum exhibits represent both ancient and more recent history. You may even recognise yourself in a collection of old photos. The children’s area provides a lively way to make history fun, with plenty of hands-on activities and the chance to dress up as a range of story book characters, from pirates to princesses.  Displays change annually. Group visits are welcome by prior arrangement.

The museum is operated by enthusiastic volunteers from the Coastal Communities Museum Trust with support from East Lothian Council. Located in a 19th century school building, above North Berwick Library, (lift access available), the museum is an easy walk along the seafront from the Scottish Seabird Centre. Visit for more information.

Opening hours

  • 3 April 2024 to 26 October 2024 open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm


  • the museum is free to enter although donations are much appreciated.

How to find us

  • by train: the station is about 30 minutes walk from the museum
  • by bus: there are regular bus services to North Berwick from Edinburgh, Dunbar and Haddington
  • by bike: visitors on bikes are welcome and you can securely lock your bike just outside the museum
  • on foot: we are just off the John Muir Way and welcome walkers
  • by car: there is limited car parking at the museum with a number of spaces reserved for disabled visitors.There is a pay and display car park a short walk away at East Road. Electric car charging points are available in the town car parks.