Museums

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

Whitburn SamplerMuseums 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.

The Museums Service is currently delivering an altered service as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our display spaces are currently closed although school sessions and reminiscence loans  have been relaunched. We are also continuing to focus on digital service delivery. Our new schooldays exhibition is available online at Flickr and you can visit Facebook 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 and Museums Galleries Scotland

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.
What museums can do for your school.
Community museum spaces.
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.
The Museums Service has created resources for pupils and parents to use at home during the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
The gala day is an important day in the calendar of many villages and towns across Scotland. Unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of most of this year's festivities. During this difficult time, West Lothian Council Museum Service invites you to celebrate this important community celebration.