Our secret’s out – and you can take a tour

Thursday 18th January, 2018

Tens of thousands of our secrets are out – and you’re invited to come and see them.

The Secret Collection is the first publicly-accessible museum store on a UK High Street – and it’s right here in Paisley.

The large basement unit houses tens of thousands of items from Renfrewshire’s museum collections not on display in the main museum – many unseen by the general public in decades or longer.

The £3.7m facility was only completed at the end of 2017 – and is now open for public tours, meaning you can enjoy the treasure trove it contains.

The collection includes some of Paisley’s world-famous textiles, plus a mix of ceramics, world cultures, social history, art and sculpture, natural history and local archives.

Some of the items in the collection are a product of the town’s former textile wealth – with the mill-owning Clark and Coats families having been famed for their generosity.

The building is run by Renfrewshire Leisure, whose museum experts are on hand to give tours of the collection.

The good news is it’s free to see inside but you will have to book a tour in advance (tours last 45 minutes to one hour). All the details are on Renfrewshire Leisure’s website.


9 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2AE

0141 618 5129




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