Paisley Museum Re-Imagined


We are currently working on a major refurbishment of Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory as part of a 4 year long £42m transformation of the venue. The refurbishment of Paisley Museum is the flagship project in a £100 million investment in Paisley Town centre over the next few years. The museum is being redesigned by award-winning architects  AL_A, who are behind some of the world's most striking buildings.  

The firm’s founder Amanda Levete – a former winner of UK architecture’s top honour, the RIBA Stirling Prize – says the Paisley Museum project is ‘one of the most radical briefs she has read’.


It will be the first Scottish commission for the London-based practice, who have designed landmark projects including the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter – for which they won the prestigious RIBA London Building of the Year 2018.

The new-look museum will showcase its outstanding art, science and natural history collections, along with telling the story of the Paisley pattern, the town’s famous weavers and being at the centre of the global thread-making industry.

The revamped museum is expected to attract 125,000 visits a year – almost four times current numbers – when it reopens in 2022. And it’s estimated that it will create huge amounts of visitors to Paisley town centre, as well as a £72m economic boost over 30 years.

The redevelopment will include a contemporary addition to the existing Victorian-era building, major revamps to all four museum buildings including  Coats Observatory, and a complete internal redesign reimagining the visitor experience and doubling the number of objects on display.

 For more information on the project you can access our FAQs here.


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