Welcome to the Museum & Café

The former North Berwick Museum was re-opened in July 2013 as the new Coastal Communities Museum.  Come and visit our new exhibition of the artist Henry Scott Tuke. In addition to the Tuke exhibition the museum has much more to offer for adults and children, featuring a new Memorial Room and continuing a significant part of the previous World War I exhibition. The former Childrens’ Interactive Room is becoming an exciting Treasure Island Room and we will have additional exhibits about the Coastal Ward.

Enjoy a visit to the re-opened café too, take time to appraise the works of art, view the other exhibits and let the younger ones enjoy a variety of children’s activities.



Henry Scott Tuke – An Artist in North Berwick

This exhibition features watercolour paintings of local North Berwick scenes and a selection of oil paintings of the Hamilton-Dalrymple family by artist Henry Scott Tuke RA RWS (1858-1929).

Tuke, a founding member of the Newlyn School in Cornwall, visited North Berwick as an invited guest of the Hamilton-Dalrymples at the Lodge in the Autumn of 1891. During his stay he found time to sketch and paint local scenes and undertake portraits of his hosts.

The North Berwick series paintings are now part of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Tuke Collection and are held at the Falmouth Art Gallery. This will be the first time in over 100 years the collection has been put on public display. A number of Tuke’s more famous Falmouth paintings will also be featured in the exhibition including ‘Our Jack’.

The free exhibition is now open Wednesday to Sunday until 17th May 2015 with the addition of Monday 4th May.


Tuke-Bass-Rock-1891-291x201Above: The Bass Rock, 1891 © The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Tuke Collection

     Self Portrait, 1881 © The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Tuke Collection

Above : HS Tuke, Self Portrait, 1881 © The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Tuke Collection


The new museum shop has a selection of local history books including the following Scottish Genealogy Publications:

Aberlady MIs @ £5.00,  North Berwick MIs @ £4.50, North Berwick Cemetery MIs CD @ £7.50, North Berwick Burials @ £5.00 and Whitekirk MIs @ £4.00.

Also in the museum shop is a selection of Gullane & Dirleton History Society Publications:

Life & Death in Dirleton Parish @ £10.00, A History of Dirleton & Gullane @ £1.50, Dirleton & Gullane MIs @ £5.00, The Stones of Dirleton Kirkyard and their People @ £10.00, The Stones of Gullane Kirkyard and their People @ £10.00 and Towers and Castles of East Lothian @ £5.00.


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