John Muir's Birthplace Museum

Discover how the boy born in this modest house in Dunbar became one of the driving forces behind the modern conservation movement.  The exterior has been restored and now looks much as it would have done in 1838 the year John Muir was born.  Inside, you will find three floors of family friendly displays and a warm welcome with well informed staff always available to answer questions.  Our absorbing interpretation centre gives you the opportunity to accompany John Muir on the journey of his life, from a boyhood exploring East Lothian's rugged coastline and gently rolling farmland to adventures in the pristine wilderness of the American frontier.   John Muir is celebrated as a pioneer of conservation.  His life and work has inspired people all over the world.  He was a best selling writer, a renowned explorer and mountaineer.  He was an inventor, a respected botanist, geologist and glaciologist.  He was a farmer and an artist.   Discover the whole story of this remarkable man's life and legacy in the house where he was born.  This unique museum is also the starting point of the John Muir Way making it the beginning of the journey of a lifetime in more ways than one.  The museum shop contains maps, guides and other helpful information on the John Muir Way.  It also offers a selection of books by and about John Muir and a nature themed gift shop with something for all ages.  The building runs a tourist information service and is fully accessible with toilets on the ground floor.

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 Muir's Birthplace Museum

Opening Hours

Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

To pre-book, please call 01368 865899 or email