Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery

Dunbar Town House


 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1ER

01620 820699



Jo Moulin/Tracy Robertson/Sheila Sim

 Museum and gallery exhibition spaces managed by East Lothian Council Museums Service have been created in the historic Dunbar Town House. Built towards the end of the 16th century, it is considered to be Scotland's oldest functioning Council Chamber. Spanning a history of more than 400 years. The building has recently been given a 21st century refurbishment and is now open to the public. Dunbar and District History Society are based in the building and run an exhibition space as well as a local history search room. On the upper floors there is now a community room, available to council and community groups for meetings and events, in addition to the Council Chambers, which can be booked for meetings, civil marriages and other functions.

During the four-year phased refurbishment project, made possible by funding from Dunbar Townscape Heritage Initiative, Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Viridor via Future Balance and ASDA, construction work revealed some fascinating features of the building's past, such as a lintel stone taken from Dunbar Castle c.1568, and historic graffiti dating back to the mid-1700s. Photographs of these and other Town House features can be viewed on the Museums Service flickr page, while a 2012 edition ofLiving East Lothian  presents 'a sneak peek' at the results of the refurbishment.

A variety of museum and art exhibitions are displayed and there are regular events and activities for everyone on the East Lothian Museums website.

Opening Times:

Admission FREE

Monday–Sunday, 1pm-5pm (Apr–Sep) 

The museum will be open at weekends courtesy of Dunbar and District History Society from 1 October to 31 March and for special exhibitions detailed on the East Lothian Museums website.