Dunbar Town House Museum

The Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery is one of Dunbar's oldest buildings and the perfect place to begin a visit to the town.  With its distinctive witch's hat tower and its bell, clock and sun dials the Town House has been the focus of town life since the 16th century.  Our friendly staff are always on hand to tell you about the town, the surrounding area and bring the history of the building to life.  Tours of the upper floors are currently unavailable, however we have information available outlining that we are home to Scotland's oldest functioning council chamber.  For over 400 years councillors and magistrates presided over the affairs of the burgh from this room including the infamous East Lothian witch trials.  Below the chamber is a grimly atmospheric jail with its original massive iron door which has become popular ghost hunting venue.  In the neighbouring debtor's cell the fireplace has been preserved complete with prisoners' graffiti.  The building is also home to a museum and gallery with changing historical and art exhibitions.  Volunteers from Dunbar and District History Society maintain a local history display and are often available to provide further information from the comprehensive local history archive and chat about local history.  The Town House also provides a tourist information service.  The building is fully accessible with toilets on the ground floor.

In line with Scottish Government guidelines we have introduced a range of safety measures. All visits must now be pre-booked, not all of our activities, exhibits or interactives are available at the moment and your visit might feel a little different, however, you can still expect the same friendly welcome and enjoyable visit. You can find more information about visiting on this page - Visiting Safely.

Dunbar Town House Museum

Opening Hours

Closed 1st November 2020 - 31st March 2021

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