Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

Take a glimpse into Paisley’s rich cultural history, heritage and famous contributions to the art world.

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 Art Galleries of Paisley Museum are used for year-round exhibitions ranging from contemporary to classical art and everything in between!

Why not treat yourself to a Paisley memento at our museum shop? You’ll find a range of gift ideas including Paisley Pattern original merchandise.

With a year-round programme of changing exhibitions, talks and educational activities, Paisley Museum is a fascinating place to visit.

Opening times:

Tues to Sat: 11am – 4pm.
Sunday: 2pm – 5pm.

Public Holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year): 11am – 4pm.
Closed Mondays.


Access to all galleries is possible through a series of lifts in the building.

Getting there:

A 10-minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street station


Free. Temporary exhibitions may charge.


Paisley Museum
High Street

+(0)300 300 1210

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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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