John Gray Centre

Discover the history of East Lothian in the innovative interactive museum at the heart of the county. Explore the land, the sea and discover the stories of the people who have lived here from the Stone Age to the present day, from Neolithic hunter gatherers, Iron Age tribes and Roman invaders to miners, fishermen, farmers and industrialists. Uncover how ordinary and extraordinary people earned their living and spent their time.

Explore fascinating social history and find out curious facts. View wonderful paintings depicting scenes of everyday life in the county. There are landscapes by William Marshall Brown, William Darling McKay and John Bellany. The permanent displays are complemented by a vibrant, constantly changing programme of exhibitions that reflect both the past and what is important to communities today. The museum is available as a Talking Museum Audio Guide for the visually impaired. The John Gray Centre is fully accessible.

Alongside the museum you'll find Haddington Library, the Local History Centre and the Archive although the Local History Centre and Archive are closed at present. 

In the Centre and on the website, you can explore East Lothian's heritage, find resources to help you at school or with research. You can browse the catalogue or help us by sharing your own stories, whether they're family lore or local tales.

In line with Scottish Government guidelines we have introduced a range of safety measures. All visits must now be pre-booked, not all of our activities, exhibits or interactives are available at the moment and your visit might feel a little different, however, you can still expect the same friendly welcome and enjoyable visit. You can find more information about visiting on this page Visiting Safely.


John Gray Centre

Opening Hours

We are open!

Open 25th August - 31st October.  Opening times Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm & Sat, 10am-4pm

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