Water-way; Following the Papana Water to Belhaven Bay

An exhibition of paintings and poetry included in a limited edition book by Anna Davis with a film by Eric Fernandez-Baca Manning.

We are delighted to announce that our first new temporary exhibition of 2022 will open on 26 February.

Anna Davis is an artist who has lived in East Lothian for the past twenty years. The exhibition is an exploration of the East Lothian landscape through paintings, drawings and writing. Anna has created a limited edition book that is a journey of impressions, writing and images from the Lammermuirs to Belhaven bay.  The book ‘Water-way’ follows the journey of the Papana water through the changing East Lothian landscape and is a meditation on time and place, through art and the written word. Anna’s recent paintings and drawings also draw on elements of the land as she uses natural inks such as oak gall ink, plant and mineral inks.

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The exhibition will also showcasing a short film by Eric Fernandez-Baca Manning in collaboration with Anna Davis who presents a birds eye view following the Papana water from the Lammermuirs to Belhaven Bay.



The exhibition will run from the 26th February to the 27th March

Wednesday to Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1pm -5pm.

Happy New Year!

We are delighted that John Muir’s Birthplace is the only East Lothian Council Museum open throughout January. We are open Wed – Sat 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm) and Sun 1pm – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm). We are closed Monday and Tuesday.  January days can be long and dark, so why not pop in for some peace and quiet and time with nature without facing the January weather!

We are working hard to ensure our building is COVID safe – and more information on how we are doing this can be found here.

We have lots of plans coming together for events linked to Year of Stories, and we have already had some very interesting responses to our Climate Call to Action, so 2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year – watch here fore lots more information when we have it!

..and We’re Open Again!

The issues with our heating system have finally been resolved and we are pleased to announce that we are back on normal winter opening hours. 10am – 5pm Wed – Sat and 1pm – 5pm on Sunday. We are open from now until Christmas Eve. We will then close for the festive season, and reopen on Wednesday 5th January.


We would like to wish all our visitors, both physical and virtual, a peaceful and restful holiday, and looking forward to a more predictable 2022!

Unplanned Closure

Due to faulty heating, John Muir’s Birthplace is currently closed.  Please keep an eye on our social media outlets for updates.

Our staff are opening Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery instead where you can see:

Exhibition – Brrr….Stories from Dunbar’s Outdoor Pool

Exhibition- A Safe Haven

We are also providing our usual local information, souvenirs and enquiry service.

Exhibit with us!

We would like to invite exhibitors from across the UK to be part of a ‘Climate Call to Action’. Combining the best in visual art with a passion for climate change, John Muir’s Birthplace plans to hold a series of exhibitions throughout 2022 to encourage climate action.

We welcome entries from amateurs or professionals working across a diversity of art forms including artists, photographers, makers, crafters and community groups.


Expressions of interest by 4 Jan 2022 to

John Muir’s Birthplace,126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ

01368 8659899

Counting down to Maths Week

East Lothian Museum Service is delighted to have received funding this year from Maths Week Scotland. In John Muir’s Birthplace we have purchased some scales for families to explore the world of weights an measures – just as John’s Dad would have used in his meal dealership on this site. We also have some old fashioned scales of the type that would have been used in the 19th Century, see how different they are from your kitchen scales today.

Drop in activities are available from 25 September – 3 October, and if you ring us your correct worksheets, we have maths week themed prizes for you. Hone your maths skills and have fun at the same time, what’s not to love!

Scottish Geology Festival 2021

Scottish Geology Festival 1 September to 17 October 2021

Scotland’s iconic landscapes and rugged coastlines have been shaped by the elements over countless millennia. These foundations, the rocks beneath our feet, hold the secrets of our planet’s past, they have influenced our culture and provide an outdoor playground for us to enjoy and discover.

The Scottish Geology Festival 2021 brings you a packed programme of activities from Stranraer to Shetland that will showcase and celebrate Scotland’s geology. Events range from coastal walks to fossil hunting to online talks and even boat trips to Siccar Point, where James Hutton found proof of an ancient Earth. You can explore extinct volcanoes in Edinburgh or the UNESCO Global Geopark in the North West Highlands, find evidence of ancient tropical seas and coral reefs in Fife, and learn how the recent ice age helped shaped our incredible Scottish landscapes; geology isn’t just a thing of the past, but a tool for exploring our future too. More information can be found at

To explore John Muir’s fascination with Geology, please don’t miss our online exhibition, John Muir and Geology

A Surprise Visit

One of the things we love about working in John Muir’s Birthplace, is that we never know who our next visitor is going to be. Early in August, we were delighted to welcome Janice and David Simpson. Janice had worked with the artist Valentin Znoba to produce the statue of John Muir as a boy now in Dunbar High Street. Janice and David’s son acted as a model for the statue.

It was lovely to be told of how much Valentin Znoba  (1929 – 2006) admired John Muir and loved being in Dunbar – especially eating fish and chips!

Janice gifted the maquette of the statue, which can now be seen on the top floor of the Museum to John Muir’s Birthplace. She also made and gifted the beautiful plaster bust of John Muir which can be seen as you enter the Museum on the ground floor. Janice explained to us how she sculpted the hair with her fingers, and how the shoulders of the bust actually represent the mountains John loved so much.


Donate Online!

We have made it even easier for you to help us spread John Muir’s word!  You can now donate safely and securely online to help develop new permanent displays in John Muir’s Birthplace. We are currently planning a redisplay of our legacy exhibition on the top floor of the building, bringing the story right up to date.  Donations can be made here. All donations go directly to the John Muir Birthplace Charitable Trust, who are responsible for the permanent exhibition and maintenance of the building.

Entrance to John Muir’s Birthplace is free, and we rely on grants and donations for the ongoing development of our displays. Like may similar institutions, our donations have been severely affected by closures in the last year due to the pandemic, every donation makes a difference.


Thank you.