Fun for kids at the John Gray Centre

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Museum DetectiveWe are open every day (museum Thursday to Tuesday in winter) – check the times here.

Pop in any day at the museum, and you’ll be able to choose activities to do as well as dress up in our replica outfits and explore the exhibitions. Check out some of our free ‘anytime’ activities here.

Special events and activities coming up will be listed here:

Regular activities for children at the library (free)

Bookbug for 0–4 year-olds: Wednesdays at 10.30 and 11.15am (Star Room)

Storytimes for under 5s: Fridays at 10.30am and 2.30pm (Library)

Chatterbooks for 8–12 year-olds: alternate Thursdays from  Thursday 4th September 3.30–4.30pm (Library)

Homework club for P4–P7: every Wednesday, term time at 3.30–4.30pm. This is a friendly group run by a PVG-checked volunteer. It’s the place to be to make homework fun – and it’s free!

There’s loads more on at the library, so check out their blog for the latest news or see their list of library activities.

'John not Gray' - LaughingHere’s a list of all our activities and events.

Museum mascots!

John Muir & Stickeen

John Muir & Stickeen the dog

Meet the gang from all our museums, and see if you can visit them all –

John Muir and his dog Stickeen from John Muir’s Birthplace

Preston the Mole and Doug the miner from Prestongrange

Doug the Miner & Preston the Mole

Doug the Miner & Preston the Mole

John Gray and his sidekick Patchy the Squirrel here at the John Gray Centre

Musselburgh Fishwife & Thistle

Musselburgh Fishwife & Thistle

The lovely Musselburgh fisherwife with her prickly thistly friend from Musselburgh Museum

A farm lady and a seal visiting from Dunbar (Town House)

And a friendly lighthouse keeper and his companion the seagull calling in from the Coastal Communities Museum in North Berwick.

Dunbar farm lady & seal

Dunbar farm lady & seal


N Berwick lighthouse-keeper & gull

Some of these characters haven’t been named yet … maybe you can help! Do you have any ideas for names for the mascots from Musselburgh, Dunbar Town House and the Coastal Communities Museum in North Berwick? Come to the museum and tell us!

Pick up a Passport to the Past and collect a sticker for it each time you visit an East Lothian Museum and draw or write in your passport about something you’ve seen there.

Pick up a Passport to the Past


Written by HelenB

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