Group visits for 2017/2018 session

Having barely drawn breath following a very busy 3 months of school visits, we have started to take class bookings for the 2017/2018 session.  Class visits to John Muir’s Birthplace can be undertaken at any time of year and typically last around 1.5 – 2 hours, including an introduction, time to explore all 3 floors of information on John Muir and his legacy, and a feedback session at the end, where the children get the opportunity to share their learning.

Tracy Robertson, Visitor Services Officer, said ‘It has been a hectic few months, with over 1500 schoolchildren visiting John Muir’s Birthplace, usually as part of East Lothian’s John Muir Citizenship Project or as part of a John Muir Award Group.  We enjoy the children’s excitement and enthusiasm when they come to us, and no 2 groups are the same, which keeps the staff on our toes!’

Groups wanting to visit during the 2017/2018 session are advised to book early to avoid disappointment, please call 01368 865899 or email for further information.

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

We are delighted to have been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for the 2nd year running. Jo Moulin, Museums Officer East said ‘Thank you to all our visitors who take the time to leave Tripadvisor comments following their visit. Our staff are extremely enthusiastic about John Muir and his legacy and enjoy talking to our visitors, and we appreciate this recognition.’

St Joseph’s School bring John Muir Home

John Muir is looking forward to a trip back to his Birthplace thanks to St Joseph’s School in Selkirk.  The P5,6,7 class have been doing their John Muir Award. After making beards, and making a scarecrow in the form of John Muir, which they invited to a birthday party for him on 21 April, they are now planning to bring John with them on their trip to Dunbar later in June.

Visit to John Muir’s Birthplace

The children have been enjoying finding out more about John’s childhood in Dunbar and are looking forward to seeing his childhood home.

New interactive touchscreen

John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar has had a brand new media display installed which puts visitors in charge of a selection of films. The new touchscreen interactive on the first floor currently hosts:

  • John Muir in Yosemite
  • Wilderness by Alastair Humphreys – one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, an accomplished speaker, and a best-selling author. This short film is based on the writings of naturalist, author and environmental philosopher John Muir. It is an ode to wilderness, and was filmed in the Scottish Highlands.
  • The Wild Along the Way (preview) by Zeki Basan. A film about the John Muir Way in Scotland. Supported by Central Scotland Green Network Trust and the Bill Wallace Grant (John Muir Trust). With special thanks to Lee Stetson. The full 22 minute film can be seen on Vimeo.

The project has been the result of a successful partnership between the John Muir Birthplace Charitable Trust and Sheena Irving AV, and replaces a DVD showing the John Muir’s Yosemite film on a loop which broke down at the end of last year.

Jo Moulin, Museums Officer (Promotions) said

We are delighted with the new display which puts visitors in charge of a choice of films. We would love to hear your suggestion for future John Muir related films.

John Muir’s Birthplace is open daily. Admission is free, but visitor donations have helped fund this project.