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Accessible activities and resources

Talking Museum leaflet coverOur museum is accessible and enjoyable for visitors of all ages and access needs – why not come and explore East Lothian’s past with us?

Everything we offer is free, though we gratefully receive donations, which help us continue to run the programme.


Audio guides [Please note these guides are being currently updated and will be available in April 2020.]

  • Listen to fascinating background information and vivid visual description of the objects on display.
  • Explore with optional navigational guidelines for visually impaired visitors.
  • Re-visit select different display tracks on different visits, for shorter tours. Schoolgirl Kacey models the fisherwife costume, with the model fisherwife doll

Handling objects and replica costumes

  • Touch our tactile objects relating to the displays
  • Try on our replica costumes and hats, from times gone by
  • Talk about them, and find out more in discussion

Reminiscence loan boxes

  • Choose a topic from our reminiscence collection
  • Borrow history in a box
  • Think what the objects and pictures remind you of
  • Tell your group your stories and anecdotes

Group activities

Friendly and sociable opportunities to find out more about the museum exhibitions and take part in chats and activities.

Guided tour at the museum for people with access needsGuided tours of the museum

  • Visual description of the paintings and displays (Our Talking Museum has been taken out of service for updating and will be available again in April 2020)
  • Discussion of the history and background of the objects
  • Share your own memories and knowledge

Reminiscence and object-handling sessions

  • Sit and chat around the table about our handling objects
  • Feel and explore the objects and costumes
  • Share your memories and stories with the groupPrint workshop 2

Creative workshops

  • Hands-on art and craft activities
  • Guided by a supportive artist
  • Designed for people with disabilities or visual impairment

Booking information

All these activities are available to book. There is no cost, though donations do help us keep the programme up-to-date.

We welcome groups of between four and eight people (plus guide friends and guide dogs!)

Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to arrange your visit.

Contact us on 01620 820 690 or email [email protected].

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