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Museums

West Lothian Museums Service cares for and displays local history objects.

What is a Museum?

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Museums collect interesting objects and keep them safe for the future. Museums bring the objects to life by telling the stories of the people who used them to help you to understand the past and present of your community.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by providing a Museums Service that focuses on the heritage, educational and leisure needs of the community - now and in the future.

We are happy to accept donations of objects with a connection to the history of West Lothian.

Our Museums

We are responsible for four museum spaces - visit the following pages for information about visiting:

You can also see objects from our collections online through Flickr (opens new window) and our regular posting on Facebook (opens new window).

Outreach services

We offer a number outreach services using our museum collections. You can find out more about what we offer for schools and reminiscence on their individual pages.

Independent heritage attractions

West Lothian is home to a wide variety of historic sites and heritage attractions to visit:


For more information on the rich collections of Scottish Museums nationwide please visit the websites of National Museums of Scotland (opens new window) and Museums Galleries Scotland (opens new window)

The objects in our collections are mostly related to the social and industrial history of West Lothian from the late nineteenth century to the present day.
Find out about the other display spaces and partners we work with.
What museums can do for your school.
We have a variety of resources to enhance reminiscence work with older people in our community. The objects within them can also be used to stimulate young people to explore their culture and heritage and can offer inspiration for creative work to writers and artists.