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What's new at John Muir's Birthplace

The latest news from John Muir's Birthplace - including special events and activities for children and families. Find out how you can follow in John Muir's footsteps with our online resource packs.

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Branching Out

Branching Out 5th February - 26th February 2015

Curated by the Forestry Commission, this photographic competition was part of their Branching Out Programme for people recovering from mental illness. Images are beautiful, quirky and might change how you look at things!


John's Friday Friends

Join us for some more Friday afternoon Fun for 5 - 11 year-olds.

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Goldstar Award from Green Tourism

John Muir's Birthplace at Dunbar is in line to win a top Goldstar Award from Green Tourism for its commitment to sustainability.

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Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy


This major new exhibition covering both John Muir's Birthplace and Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery runs from Sat 28 June until Tues 30 September 2014.

Celebrating the fascinating structures, patterns and anatomies of the plant world seen through the eyes and words of John Muir, the exhibition shows high-resolution images of Muir's very own plant specimens, drawings and journal notes.

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Wild Weekend

Join Us on Saturday 17 May for our Wild Weekend celebration for the Festival of Museums! Handle exotic animals, go on a magical storytelling adventure, create natural art, and find out about how our countryside rangers explore the seashore.

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John's Friday Friends

Aged 5-11? Join us from 2.30-4pm every 2nd Friday to find out more about John Muir and how we can carry on his work and help look after wild places.

Cost £3.60 per child. Spaces limited, call 01368 865899 or email to book.

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The John Muir Festival 2014

The John Muir Festival 2014 celebrates the life and legacy of pioneering conservationist John Muir and marks the opening of a new pathway: The John Muir Way, named in his honour.

Running from 17 - 26 April, this signature Homecoming Scotland event includes the spectacular opening of the monumental sculpture, The Kelpies in Falkirk, the official opening of the John Muir Way, community and artist-led performances and installations along the new trail from Dunbar to Helensburgh, and a firework finale at Loch Lomond.

Produced by UZ Arts, the John Muir Festival is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Homecoming Scotland, and Creative Scotland.

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Friday Afternoon Workshops January 2014

Join us again in January for lots of fun for 5-11 Year-olds.  £3.50 per child, book on 01368 865899.


Friday 10th January - Turn Over a New Leaf - how can we make more eco-friendly New Years Resolutions?


Friday 24th January - Wee Sleekit Beastie - Discover John Muir's love of the poetry and songs of Robert Burns


Friday 7th February - Love the Planet - As Valentines Day approaches, how can we show the love for our most

                                                            important resource?

Sand Sculpture Competition

The annual Friends of John Muir's Birthplace Sand Sculpture Competition will be at EAST BEACH, Dunbar, 10am - 12 noon SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2013. Prizes will be awarded so bring a bucket, spade and plenty of imagination. Proceeds from the entry fee help the Friends support the Birthplace: this year adults £2 each; child £1 and families £5.

Weather watch: give us a bell at JMB 01368 865899 if the weather is looking poor on the day!

New exhibition as part of our celebration of John Muir's Boyhood and Youth

The Guga Stone by Doug Robertson

22 June – 25 July 2013


by Douglas Robertson 
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