Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

Founded in 1871, the museum itself is an excellent example of a Victorian Civic Encyclopaedic Museum, similar to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, and is currently in possession of 350,000 objects, comprising of 57 collections.

During your visit, explore one of the most revered ceramics collections in the country plus the incredible Shawl Collection.

Paisley is, of course, famous for the world-renowned Paisley Pattern and the Paisley Shawl Collection is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. In 2014, a Loom Gallery was created to showcase original hand looms that were used to produce the cloth.

The Paisley Museum collection also contains a wealth of interesting artefacts, including The Arbuthnott Missal, a rare medieval manuscript and one of only a few that survived the Reformation in Scotland to reminders of Paisleys industrial past and natural heritage and not forgetting our much loved ‘Buddy’ the lion!

The stunning Coats Observatory is part of the Paisley Museum complex. The museum complex is closed right now – an exciting £42m project to transform it into a world-class visitor destination is now underway. You can read more about that project in our Paisley Museum Reimagined section.

But no walking tour of Paisley town centre would be complete without a stroll up past the High Street to admire the exterior of the museum!


Getting there:

A 10-minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street station


Developing a world-class visitor destination

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I regularly visit the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and Paisley Arts Centre and try to attend as many of the festivals and events in the town as possible... I particularly enjoy Sma’ Shot Day.

Laura Gray

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