Ahoy Town Hall

About us

The location of Fisherrow and Musselburgh on the banks of the River Esk where it enters the Forth has formed a natural settlement since Prehistoric times.

Musselburgh’s key geographical position, close to Scotland’s capital, its access to a wealth of natural resources and its innovative people means that the town has played an important part in the nation’s history over two millennia.

The Museum Committee has put on exhibitions, yearly or two-yearly in Musselburgh’s Old Town Hall, selecting different themes for each from the museums collection. Previous exhibitions have included:

Taws were the days

The Mighty Mills of Musselburgh

Battle of Pinkie Cleugh Tapestries

Pottery and Ceramics

The History of Musselburgh Athletic FC

Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1

The Cradle of Golf

These past and current exhibition form part of an exciting programme of events throughout the year in the town and East Lothian.

After more than 25 years the town finally has a museum in which the residents and visitors to the town can learn about the history of the town and surrounding area.

The museum is located adjacent to the the Old Town Hall the iconic building of Musselburgh, in the High street.


We have a team of volunteers who act as Stewards in the Museum.  Others deal with the accessioning and storing of photographs, documents and articles.  The East Lothian Council Museums Service provide advice and guidance on best practice in this aspect of the Group’s work.

Find out more about volunteering at the Musselburgh Museum.


Musselburgh Museum and Heritage Group

Musselburgh Museum Steering Committee was established as a small voluntary heritage group in 1985 to record, collect and preserve that proud history.  As a Scottish registered charity (SC003967), the Committee’s goal was the establishment of a permanent museum in the town, now achieved.

Committee members:-

Alister Hadden (Chairperson)

George Cunningham (Vice Chairperson)

Simon Fairnie (Treasurer)

Shirley Iveson ( Secretary)

Andrew Coulson

Roger Knox

Kate Maynard (Museums Officer, East Lothian Museum.)


Find out more about the Musselburgh Museum and Heritage Group