The exterior has been restored and now looks much as it would have done in 1838 – the year John Muir was born. Inside, you will find three floors of family friendly interactive displays and a warm welcome with well informed staff always available to answer questions.

Our absorbing hands on interpretation gives you the opportunity to accompany John Muir on the journey of his life, from a boyhood exploring East Lothian’s rugged coastline and gently rolling farmland to adventures in the pristine wilderness of the American frontier.

John Muir became an inventor, a botanist, a geologist, a glaciologist, a mountaineer, a farmer and an artist. He achieved fame as a best selling writer, explorer and environmental campaigner. More than a century on his ideas are more relevant than ever and John Muir continues to inspire people all over the world.

Explore the life and legacy of this remarkable man here, in the house where he was born. This unique museum is also the starting point of the John Muir Way – making it the beginning of the journey of a lifetime in more ways than one.

The museum shop contains maps, guides and other helpful information on the John Muir Way. It also offers a selection of books by and about John Muir and a nature themed gift shop with something for all ages.

The building runs a tourist information service and is fully accessible with toilets on the ground floor.

For local information about where to stay, eat, drink and what’s on have a look at Visit East Lothian.


Work for us

When we are recruiting for paid staff we will provide details here. All vacancies for East Lothian Council are published on the National Scottish Recruitment Portal MyJobScotland.

Volunteer with us

We may be able to help you get the experience that you need to seek further education or employment in the museum or tourism sectors. We currently have volunteers who help cover front of house duties, event preparation and delivery and provide behind the scenes support too. If you would be interested in volunteering with us please contact:


John Muir’s Birthplace is owned by the John Muir Birthplace Charitable Trust and managed through a partnership agreement with East Lothian Council Museums Service. The Birthplace Trust are very grateful to East Lothian Council for the partnership funding which supports the revenue budget and continues to make free admission for visitors possible.


Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace

Formerly Dunbar’s John Muir Association. DJMA was formed in 1994 with the aim of promoting the life and work of John Muir in Dunbar and beyond. The Association successfully campaigned for the development of a centre celebrating Muir’s vision and influence on world conservation. Friends support John Muir’s Birthplace with a variety of events, activities and fundraising. It is a partner in the John Muir Birthplace Charitable Trust.

Membership supports the work of the John Muir Birthplace by helping to fund its activities and the preparation of resource material. There are regular newsletters to keep Friends up to date with all that is going on.