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John Muir's Birthplace

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John Muir's Birthplace
126 High Street
East Lothian
EH42 1JJ
Telephone (01368) 865899
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How this son of Dunbar became the Father of the global conservation movement.

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 interactive displays and a warm welcome with well informed staff always available to answer questions. Our absorbing hands on 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 became an inventor, a botanist, a geologist, a glaciologist, a farmer and an artist. He achieved fame as a best selling writer, explorer and environmental campaigner. More than a century on his ideas are more relevant than ever and John Muir continues to inspire people all over the world. Explore the life and legacy of this remarkable man here, 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.

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Dunbar Station is just a 10 minute walk away. There is a train service to Dunbar from Edinburgh, Musselburgh and the south.


Regular bus services run throughout the year to and from Edinburgh city centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Berwick. All stop within easy reach.


We are signposted off the A1 from the north and south and can be found in the centre of the town, towards the north end of the High Street.

Free parking is available on the High Street for 90 minutes or at the Dunbar Leisure Pool. Coach parking is available at the Leisure Pool car park.


We are on National Route 76 of the National Cycle Network which runs from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, Stirling and Kirkcaldy, with the route on both sides of the Forth.

Cycle racks are available either side of our main entrance and outside the Bank of Scotland.


We are at the eastern end of the John Muir Way which runs between Dunbar and Helensburgh and has a link to the Southern Upland Way.

Electric Car Charging

Electric car charging points available at Bleachingfield Centre car park and between ADSA supermarket, Spott Road, Dunbar, EH42 1LE and Dunbar Garden Centre, Spott Road, EH42 1BF.

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