Welcome to the Museum & Café

The museum is open Good Friday 25 March – Easter Monday 28 March and thereafter every Wed – Sun until Sunday 4 September, plus other Bank Holidays. Opening hours are 11.00am until 4.00pm.

The former North Berwick Museum was re-opened in July 2013 as the new Coastal Communities Museum.

Visit us to see our latest exhibition, 99 OBJECTS, a History of the Coastal Communities  and then enjoy a a light bite or cake and coffee in the cafe.


OUR LATEST EXHIBITION – 99 OBJECTS A History of the Coastal Communities

Each of the 99 OBJECTS making-up the exhibition has its own tale to tell, which invites the curious to

examine and explore in greater depth the centuries of history or indeed pre-history of our

local area.


You can choose to travel through time by opting to view objects from

different centuries or instead select objects with a common thread. From Numbers 1 to 99

there is something for everyone, but only each visitor can determine their top ten objects.

One of the highlights of this exhibition is the spectacular display of the optics of the original

Stevenson Bass Rock lighthouse (1902). These were dismantled and stored away on-shore

when the lighthouse was de-manned in 1988. Now they have been reassembled for the first

time and along with accompanying material about the geology, history and wildlife of the

Bass Rock provide a key source of information about this famous local landmark.





The museum shop has a unique selection local history books, stationery items and postcards.

Books include, 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.

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.


Stationery Items include:

Coastal Communities Museum pens and notebooks


Postcard sets are:

Henry Scott Tuke (North Berwick Scenes) and Historic North Berwick Card series.


Your museum needs you. Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare? We are looking for volunteers to help run the museum, both front-of-house and behind the scenes.
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If you can’t help us in person by volunteering, there are lots of other ways you can help your local museum. As a registered charity, we welcome donations, legacies and other financial support.
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