All our museums have FREE ADMISSION and lots of drop-in crafts and activities that are perfect if you are looking for something to do at the weekend.


Fun & Crafty Drop-in Activities at John Muir’s Birthplace and John Gray Centre

Join us for fun drop-in crafts every weekend! Suggested donation £1 per craft. Follow us on Facebook at East Lothian Council Museums Service, John Muir’s Birthplace or John Gray to find out more.

Alzheimer Scotland D’Café at Dunbar Town House

Next meetings 6 Jan and 3 Feb - 2-3.30pm.

The café is for people with dementia and their carers. There will be refreshments followed by an activities/ peer support group for people living with dementia and a peer support group (facilitated by the Dementia Advisor) for carers. A donation of £3 is suggested.

Good Memories Café at John Gray Centre, Haddington

Friday 31 January (Burns theme) and Friday 28 February in the Star Room from 2pm till 4pm.

A friendly & informal drop-in cafe for people with dementia & their carers. Join us for tea & cake!  The Café has a lovely atmosphere and often includes singing, music, crafts & museum objects. FREE activity.


Over the winter Museums Staff are pulling together an exciting programme of exhibitions for 2020 including new displays exploring the history of East Lothian’s coastal and agricultural communities with an exciting array of exhibitions in the temporary galleries showcasing the work of local artists and historians. 
If you would like to be part of the programme please do get in touch to enquire about exhibiting with us.  We have a range of venues and exhibition spaces large and small. Email:

East Lothian's Coast & Countryside Exhibition

Saturday 30 November 2019 - Tuesday 14 January 2020 John Gray Centre, Haddington.

East Lothian has a thriving arts scene with many artists and craft makers choosing to live and work here. Supporting and developing the arts provides a wide range of benefits and East Lothian Council recognises the significant role that the arts can play in lives of individuals and communities in the county. The East Lothian Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award Scheme (VACMA) enables the council to support locally based artists and makers. The Coast and Countryside exhibition brings together two distinct approaches to the creation and presentation of the visual arts under a unifying theme.

Using the broad theme of East Lothian's beautiful coastline and countryside, the exhibition is devoted to supporting the practice of artists, Paul Macgee, Karen Monaghan and William Wood who live and work in East Lothian whilst also highlighting locally produced artworks and photography by Liz Cunningham and Kerry Pe-win who have enjoyed exploring the theme through the medium of the visual arts.

Arts for Health’s Sake

Saturday 25 January to Sunday 3 May

This exhibition showcases work from people who have direct experience of art making a difference in their lives and those who facilitate the process.

Winners: Dunbar 2020 Calendar Competition

Wednesday 18 December – Sunday 26 January

We are delighted to bring you an exhibition of all the winning entries from our Dunbar 2020 Calendar Competition over the festive period.  We have 12 beautiful images entered to our Facebook Competition and voted for by our online visitors.

This exhibition was open to everyone to post favourite photos they had taken of Dunbar, and the standard of entries was extremely high. So much so that we decided to exhibition them in our back room.  The calendar is available to purchase from John Muir’s Birthplace for £6 each, but get your copy quickly as they are flying off the shelf!

BODIES OF EVIDENCE from the Battlefield of Dunbar to Durham: How archaeology and science solved a 17th century mystery

Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, October to March open Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm. FREE Admission

“Fascinating exhibition and sobering reminder of the hardships faced by ordinary people in the past.”, “An absolutely fascinating insight into an important part of both local and national history. Very impressed with meticulous work done on the exhibition from all participants.”

Summers in Dunbar

Dunbar & District History Society, Dunbar Town House, High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1NT

This year we are celebrating Dunbar as a tourist destination and as a place where locals and visitors have all enjoyed summers in the past. Many still recall the heyday of Dunbar’s outdoor swimming pool, golf championships, horse events and pony trekking, and children’s summer activities.

Dunbar & District History Society holds a large collection of early tourist brochures. Here we look at just some aspects of summers in our town, while also allowing the brochures to tell the story.
We would be delighted to receive new photographs or other material from the past, to add to this collection. All original images can be copied and returned.


John Gray Centre Museum
15 Lodge Street, Haddington, EH41 3DX, Tel: 01620 820690
April-September, Monday–Friday 10am–5pm; Saturday 10am–4pm; Sunday 1pm–4pm
October-March closed Wednesday and Thursday, open Monday, Tuesday & Friday 10am–5pm; Saturday 10am–4pm; Sunday 1pm–4pm

John Muir’s Birthplace
126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ, Tel: 01368 865899
April-September Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm; Sunday 1pm–5pm
October–March closed Monday and Tuesday, open Wednesday–Saturday 10am–5pm; Sunday 1pm–5pm

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery
High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1ER, Tel: 01620 820699
April-September Monday–Sunday 1pm–5pm
October-March open Saturday and Sunday 2pm-4pm courtesy of Dunbar & District History Society.

Prestongrange Museum
Morrison’s Haven, Prestonpans, EH32 9RX, Tel: 0131 653 2904
April-September Monday–Sunday 11.30am–4.30pm

Published: Monday, 23rd December 2019