John Gray Centre

John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
East Lothian
EH41 3DX




01620 820690

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John Gray Centre

The John Gray Centre Museum is located on the first floor of the Centre. This 5-star museum tells the story of East Lothian from its earliest settlers to present-day communities. Explore the land, the sea and the people of this historic region through our film, audio guides, activity sheets and handling objects. The Centre also contains the Haddington branch library and East Lothian Archives and Local History Centre.

Venue Type:

Library, Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm; Saturday, 10am–4pm; Sunday, 1pm–4pm
Museum closed Wednesday and Thursday from 1 October to 31 March. For opening hours for library, archive and local history centre, see

Admission charges

Free entry

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Friends of the John Gray Centre

Lunch with Friends of the John Gray Centre

  • 30 January 2015 12-2pm *on now

Join Friends of the John Gray Centre for a light lunch, chat and ‘get to know the staff of the JGC’ session. Learn about the exclusive Friends events programme, be the first to get insight into the rich programme of JGC events in 2015, meet like-minded people and find out about numerous opportunities for Friends to enjoy at the JGC. Listen to stories and anecdotes by archivists, local historians, development officers, exhibition curators and librarians. Short presentations by JGC staff and an introduction by Joy Dodd, our Chief Friend will be part of the event, as well as browsing through museum Loan Boxes & replica costumes and receiving free ‘welcome packs’ with the latest publicity materials. Enjoy delicious tartlets, pastries, salads and fruits provided by Hilary’s Deli while spending a lovely afternoon with other Friends.

Booking essential: please RSVP to or phone Ola on 01620 820617; £5 at the door for buffet lunch & refreshments.

You can join Friends of the John Gray Centre on the day, our annual subscription fee is only £10 – details will be explained during the event. Please note this is optional and everyone is warmly welcome.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Booking essential: please RSVP to or phone Ola on 01620 820617; £5 at the door for buffet lunch & refreshments.


Holiday adventures in the museum

  • 16 — 22 February 2015

Drop in during the school holiday for some adventurous dinosaur-themed craft activities and scavenger hunts.


Suggested donation £2.50

Danish delightful crafts at the library

  • 17 February 2015

Join us for a fun session of all crafts Danish to tie in with the ‘Danish Diaspora’ exhibition upstairs! There will be stories and unusual crafts from the land of Vikings and fairytales. - See more at:


Suggested donation £2.51

World Book Day

  • 5 March 2015

Celebrate World Book Day with us! Local author Judy Hayman will talk about her recent book, Dragon Tales Book 2: Quest for a Friend, and you can also see our display of local children’s drawings of their favourite book character. Who is your favourite? This is open to all primary school children aged 6 and above.

ModRoc masks workshop

  • 21 March 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Explore our new exhibition, ‘The Magic of Masks and Puppets’, for inspiration, then join us for our family workshop and create your own mask using ModRoc, cardboard and paints. This activity can get messy, so wear old clothes!


£5 per mask

Spring bunnies and Easter masks

  • 27 March 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Come along for a fun-filled Easter craft session for the whole family. Get busy making spring bunnies and Easter masks to take home.


£2.50 per child