Prestongrange Museum

The Beam Engine at Prestongrange
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Guided tours icon Shop icon Study area icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

Prestongrange is a site of major importance in the story of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution. Visitors can discover the story of the harbour, glass works, pottery, colliery and brickworks.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Monday–Sunday, 11.30am–4.30pm (Apr–Oct)

Admission charges

Free admission


  • Museums Association

ELMS Collections comprise some 25,000 items, ranging from steam locomotives to fine art, and including local archaeology, ceramics, textiles and costume, natural history specimens, as well as objects illustrating domestic, working and community life. Those not on display are held at our store in Haddington.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Industry, Coins and Medals, Archaeology, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Stone Anchors
  • Bronze Age Beaker
  • Friendly Society Banners
  • Yeomanry Costume
  • Golf
  • Curling
  • Pottery
  • Makmerry Pottery
  • Fishing
  • Farming
  • Tourism
  • John Bellany
  • Henry Raeburn
  • William Darling Mackay
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.

Victorian Miners Gala Day

  • 14 May 2016 12-4pm

Join us this Festival of Museums weekend at Prestongrange Museum for a special gala day to mark the opening of the Museum’s Cornish Beam Pumping Engine. This Victorian marvel brought a golden age of better working conditions and higher productivity to Prestongrange. Join the engineers for a well-earned rest and a chance to embrace the holiday atmosphere in this fun packed gala day including afternoon tea and fairground inspired treats. Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band will play three half hour concerts in front of the iconic pithead baths. Enjoy choral performances of Victorian and well known songs from local singers. Storytellers will create intrigue and will bring a cabinet of curiosities for the brave to peer into! There’ll be special tours of the beam engine and a puppeteer will deliver Punch and Judy Shows.


Free, £2 suggested donation per family


Prestongrange Museum
Morrison's Haven
East Lothian
EH32 9RX


Prestongrange Museum

East Lothian Museums



Prestongrange Museum - in season

0131 653 2904

Museum Headquarters - general enquiries

01620 820600

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.