Welcome to the Museum & Café

The museum is currently closed for the season.

It re-opens 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.  In addition to the current Rigs to Riches 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 children’s Interactive Treasure Island Room is full of exciting things for children, from dressing up to learning all about pirates.

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.





Farming in the Coastal Communities

East Lothian has a rich agricultural heritage from the days of the runrigs when subsistence farmers toiled for food, to the innovations and improvements of the 18th and 19th centuries and beyond. What happened in our local area was part of the driving force for great change in Scottish farming and the lives of Scottishpeople, causing major social upheaval.

Discover lots about enclosure of the land, methods of ploughing, crop rotation 200 years ago and more modern technology. Learn how much a farm worker earned in the 1790s.Find out how the humble turnip revolutionised agricultural practice, just who were the Bondagers, and what they did with an ugli at the all summer.





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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