Please note: due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak the Centre is currently closed, but our website is still open for business.
11: The 9 Trades of Haddington

John Gray Centre Museum

MUSEUM 5 STARMAS Scots (teal)


Due to Covid-19/Coronavirus all East Lothian Council Museums will shut until further notice from 5pm on the 18th March.
This is:
John Muir’s Birthplace
John Gray Centre Museum
Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery (currently closed for the winter season)
Prestongrange Museum (currently closed for the winter season)

Musselburgh Museum and the Coastal Communities Museum are also shut until further notice.

We hope to be regularly posting up activities for you to get involved with at home as well as new blogs and information on our social media channels and websites throughout the closure period.

Thank you for visiting us in the past. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Stay well and stay safe.

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.  Admission is free.

The East Lothian Council Museums team puts on exhibitions and events, and supports activities and exhibitions put on by community groups across East Lothian.

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

The John Gray Centre Museum was delighted  to be awarded Five Stars from Visit Scotland.  It brings official recognition for all the museum and centre have achieved.  Sustainable practices are increasingly important to the award, to visitors and to our own management.  We were judged on the following measures and achieved 19 out of the 30 available points: Energy efficiency, travel and transport, water efficiency, natural and cultural heritage, waste management, sustainable management, sustainable purchasing and customer engagement and communications.  In the coming months the centre will continue to work through the outstanding actions and address areas for improvement.  More information on the detailed criteria can be found on Visit Scotland’s business support pages here.

We have an outreach service for schools – see the Learning section 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.

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: [email protected]

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