Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy

ATT00158A major new exhibition has opened at John Muir’s Birthplace and the Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, on the High Street.
This is a unique opportunity to see John Muir’s American botanical collection displayed for the first time in Scotland and in 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 John Muir Award project work.

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.”

ATT00176The exhibition is being delivered in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is on loan from Exhibit Envoy. It was curated in the USA by Bonnie J. Gisel with photography by Stephen J. Joseph.


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 (1-5pm daily) and John Muir’s Birthplace, 128 High St, Dunbar (10am-5pm Mon-Sat and 1pm-5pm Sun). Admission Free.

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