Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

Founded in 1871, Paisley Museum itself is an excellent example of a Victorian Civic Encyclopaedic Museum, similar to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

The museum is in possession of 350,000 objects, comprising of 57 collections.

Paisley is, of course, famous for the world-renowned Paisley Pattern and the museum’s Paisley Shawl Collection is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland.

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; reminders of Paisley’s industrial past and natural heritage; and not forgetting the much loved ‘Buddy’ the lion!

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 museum exterior of the museum…


Getting there

A 10-minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street station


Paisley Museum
High Street
Paisley PA1 2BA

Developing a world-class visitor destination

The museum might be closed...but the secret is out!

Explore Paisley town centre on foot...

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

Cookies are pieces of personal data stored when you browse the web. These let our website know when you browse the site again. Read our Cookie Policy

Hide announcement