John Muir's Birthplace | Take a tour

Ground Floor

 Find out about John Muir’s boyhood in Dunbar through historic images of the town, Muir’s own writings and interactive computers.

"When I was a boy in Scotland I was fond of everything that was wild … I loved to wander in the fields to hear the birds sing, and along the shore to gaze and wonder at the shells and the seaweeds, eels and crabs in the pools when the tide was low; and best of all to watch the waves in awful storms thundering on the black headlands and craggy ruins of old Dunbar Castle."

Watch out for our advertised events. There is also space for educational activities, temporary exhibitions and local community use.

Middle Floor

"Go to the wild places, and listen to what they have to say. Take time to look at the pattern of veins on a leaf, the perfect flight of a bird. Hear the music of the wind in the pines. Feel the life around you and in you."

Follow John Muir across the Atlantic, starting with his inventions, his early life on a farm and university years in Wisconsin. Botanical illustrations, photographs, extracts from his writing and an inspiring film and commentary on Yosemite add to the experience.

Top Floor

Meet John Muir the writer. Learn about his world travels and some of the important events in his life, including the foundation of the Sierra Club and his friendship with President Roosevelt. What is John Muir’s legacy? Are today’s conservation issues any different to those in his day? Find out, using books, the Internet, and interactive games.

"I only went out for a walk...and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."

 

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