John Muir’s Birthplace

John Muirs Birthplace Dunbar


126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ

01368 865899

Jo Moulin/Tracy Robertson/Debbie Chalmers

John Muir is a world figure who continues to inspire. The Dunbar birthplace of the pioneering conservationist has been transformed into a stunning interpretative centre highlighting the work and achievements of this remarkable man.

Explore the Birthplace to:

  • discover John’s adventures and travels all over the world;
  • find extracts from his journals and sketches of wildlife and plants;
  • be inspired and follow in his footsteps with our new interactive games.

John Muir’s Birthplace is supported by Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace who help contribute to some of the changing exhibitions, regular events and activities for everyone are detailed on the East Lothian Museums website.

The museum occupies all three floors of the building, and has been designed to stand within the shell of the original structure, with no changes made to it that could not at some point be reversed. The result is an intriguing and highly unusual use of space in a museum which has a very modern feel while still permitting glimpses of the building that surrounds it.

The main exhibition tells the story of John Muir’s boyhood in Dunbar on the ground floor then follows the family on their journey across the Atlantic as you move up to the middle floor and examines the influences on John’s early life. The top floor picks up the story of John Muir the writer, his achievements and the legacies he left.

Regular Activities for Children

John Muir’s Birthplace provides family drop-in activities every weekend and weekday throughout the school holidays. These activities include crafts and games. Suggested donation £1 per person.

Opening Times:

Admission FREE

Monday–Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm (Apr–Sep)

Closed Monday and Tuesday (Oct-Mar)