When I was a boy in Scotland I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I’ve been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures.

John Muir, The Story of my Boyhood and Youth

John Muir was born in 1838 ...

John Muir c1902

John Muir c1902

John Muir was an inventor, botanist, geologist, glaciologist, farmer and artist. He achieved fame as a best selling writer, explorer and environmental campaigner.

About John Muir

Visit his birthplace in Dunbar

Muir statue in Dunbar

Muir statue in Dunbar

Explore the life and legacy of this remarkable man in the house where he was born – now a unique museum and the starting point of the John Muir Way.

Plan your Visit

We are sorry, John Muir’s Birthplace will be closed Sat 4th Dec and Sun 5th Dec due to a heating failure.  Our staff will be in Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery instead, still answering all your questions.

From Mon 1 November we move onto our winter opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm) and Sunday 1pm – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm). To find out about our Covid19 procedures, please click here.