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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Last of the Hepburns of Smeaton Hepburn

  • 16 June 2018 — 31 December 2019 *on now

This fascinating exhibition at the John Gray Centre Museum explores the history of this East Lothian family and their links to local and national affairs including the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, politics, horticulture, agricultural reform, law and land management. Highlights include paintings and rare objects. A programme of lectures exploring key themes will be staged throughout the display. To find out more call into the Museum and check our website

Suitable for

  • Any age


John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
East Lothian
EH41 3DX




01620 820690

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