John Gray Centre

John Gray Centre
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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

Additional info

Adult Changing table & hoist within Disabled Toilet.
Audio Descriptive Guide of Museum.
Hearing Loop

The John Gray Centre hosts the Archives for East Lothian Council, has a local history library and a Museum that covers the entire history of the geographical area from the pre-historic up to the modern era.

Details of our collections can be found on our website and out fully searchable catalogue.

Collection details

Archives, Agriculture, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Industry, Fine Art, Maritime, Land Transport, Law and Order, Literature, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Religion, Social History, Sport, Science and Technology, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, Archaeology, Architecture, Medicine, Aviation, Film and Media, Performing Arts, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Lunchtime Book Group

  • 3 May 2016 12:15-1pm

Come along to the Star Room in the John Gray Centre for an opportunity to meet other book lovers, bring your lunch and a willingness to discuss the latest books. More information available from Library staff. The Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Picture Perfect

  • 15 May 2016 12-4:30pm

Get snap-happy with this fantastic Festival of Museums afternoon rubbing shoulders with renowned local photographers. Explore the visual world with members of the Haddington Camera Club who'll share their knowledge and expertise as they talk you through their own exhibition at the John Gray Centre Museum. Club members will be sharing top tips for photographic techniques including digital manipulation, and documentary photographer Alastair Cook will lead a three and half hour workshop exploring a range of photography techniques and processes. This is your chance to get involved - you'll be able to have a go at all aspects of the photographic process and even develop your own prints in our portable dark room! And we want to showcase your work too, so be sure to take part in our special Flickr gallery exhibition for the day and of course, remember to share online using the Twitter hashtag #FOM2016.


£7 per person


John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
East Lothian
EH41 3DX




01620 820690

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