A major new exhibition in Dunbar this summer has drawn great feedback from visitors. The exhibition closes at the end of the month, but there is still time to visit for those who haven’t had a chance to visit or would like to make a return visit. The exhibition has taken over both the John Muir’s Birthplace and the Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, on the town’s High Street. Nature’s Beloved Son was delivered in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is on loan from Exhibit Envoy. It was curated by Bonnie J. Gisel with photography by Stephen J. Joseph.

Natures Beloved Son ends 30th September. Don’t miss your chance to visit this wonderful exhibition.

It offers a unique opportunity to see John Muir’s American botanical collection displayed for the first time in Dunbar; the town that inspired his love of nature. It brings together prints of Muir’s plant specimens, drawings and journal notes with herbarium specimens from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh including one collected by John Muir himself. The exhibition includes activities for families and project work from local schools.

The exhibition has been drawing fantastic feedback from visitors including the following comments: ‘A huge exhibition with sensitivity and fresh regards.’ ‘Insightful.’ ‘An excellent exhibition about a fascinating man and his life’s work.’ ‘A wonderful tribute to an amazing human being.’ ‘Nice surprise. We didn’t expect to find this wisdom here.’ ‘Such an eye-opener!’ ‘Good exhibition. Kept my 6 year old interested.’

Each print celebrates the fascinating structures, patterns, and anatomies of the plant world through the eyes and words of John Muir and is accompanied by a quote that expresses Muir’s spiritual love and wonderment for the natural world. On encountering a rare orchid he writes “I never before saw a plant so full of life, so perfectly spiritual, it seemed pure enough for the throne of its Creator. I felt as if I were in the presence of superior beings who loved me and beckoned me to come. I sat down beside them and wept for joy. Could angels in their better land show us a more beautiful plant? How good is our Heavenly Father in granting us such friends as are these plant creatures, filing us wherever we go with pleasure so deep, so pure, so endless.”

East Lothian schools who undertook the John Muir Award showcase their project work and explore the relevance of Muir’s legacy today. Muir wrote “When I was a boy in Scotland I was fond of everything that was wild … I loved to wander in the fields to hear the birds sing, and along the shore to gaze and wonder at the shells and the seaweeds, eels and crabs in the pools when the tide was low; and best of all to watch the waves in awful storms thundering on the black headlands and craggy ruins of old Dunbar Castle.”

John’s Friday Friends workshop for 5-11 year olds will be exploring the exhibition and Plant Power on Friday 19th September. Find out about identifying plants and try some scientific experiments! Book on 01368 865899 or email museumseast@eastlothian.gov.uk John Muir’s Birthplace 2:30pm-4pm £3.60 per child

Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy Saturday 28th June to Tuesday 30th September 2014 at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, 79 High St, Dunbar and John Muir’s Birthplace, 128 High St, Dunbar.
John Muir’s Birthplace is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery is open 1pm to 5pm seven days a week
Admission Free.