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West Lothian is home to many museums. Museums are educational, entertaining and inspirational.

Whitburn Sampler
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. West Lothian Council Museums Service's motto is "Preserving the Past for the Future"

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.

Armadale, Blackridge, Broxburn and Whitburn Community Museums are open to visit during library opening hours. 

See online exhibitions on Flickr (opens new window)  and visit Facebook (opens new window) to see regular postings from our collections.

 West Lothian  is also home to a wide variety of independent heritage attractions at

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.
Community museum spaces.
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.