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The the John Gray Centre Museum is a fully accredited museum and a Visit Scotland 5-star venue, which tells stories from across the region and displays many unique artefacts.

The  East Lothian Council Museums team puts on exhibitions and events, and supports activities and exhibitions put on by community groups across East Lothian. You can download our programme of What’s On at all our museums here.

Find out more about proposing an exhibition or Personal View case here, or contact us or leave a comment below.

We also have an outreach service for schools – see the Learning section (still under development) of the website to find out more, or have a look at the John Gray Centre schools programme.

John Gray plays cup-and-ballChildren are always welcome at the John Gray Centre museum, where they will find friendly John (not) Gray and his mischief-making friend Patchy the Squirrel on lots of fun activity sheets. They can explore objects from John’s life and times, back in the 1600s, and read the story of who he was, and what he did.


Here’s how we set up the museum ready for opening in March 2012:

There are three more museums in East Lothian which we also run:

Musselburgh Museum, on Musselburgh High Street near the Old Town Hall, is run by the Musselburgh Museum Heritage Group in partnership with the Museums Service. It is open 10:30am to 4pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Coastal Communities Museum at North Berwick opened in the summer of 2013. It is a community museum developed in partnership with representatives from each part of the coastal ward: North Berwick, Gullane, Aberlady, Dirleton and Whitekirk. They are on Facebook, where you can find updates on opening hours and exhibitions.

Each museum has long-term and temporary displays about the local area and plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy.

Why not take part in the Great Museum Challenge? All you need to do is pick up a Passport to the Past at any of our museums, and every time you visit you’ll get a sticker or a stamp – when you have enough, you’ll win a badge with all our museum mascots on it :-) Here they all are:

There are other museums in East Lothian too, including the National Museum of Flight and the Myreton Motor Museum.

Contact us:

15 Lodge St, Haddington, EH41 3DX

Tel: 01620 820690. Email:

Or follow us on Facebook (‘John Gray Centre’) and Twitter: @JohnGrayCentre

Or visit the Museum Service website.


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