Paisley: The Secret Collection

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 for decades.

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 OneRen.



9 High Street

+(0)141 618 5129

Please note that due to current restrictions, The Secret Collection is temporarily closed to the public.

But you can still access the venue digitally with a virtual tour. We also have some short films where some of the Museum staff will tell you about some of the more unusual objects stored here.

Delve further into Renfrewshire's history and heritage

Take a tour of Paisley town centre