Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum Re-Imagined

Paisley Museum, Coats Observatory, Central Library and the Heritage Centre are planned for closure on 20 September for a 4 year long £42m transformation of the venue. We will re-open in 2022 after major redevelopment. For more information on the project you can access our FAQs here.

Keep in touch and continue to enjoy our collections and our public programmes at Paisley:The Secret Collection on 9a High Street.


About Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum is a 3 star visitor attraction located in the heart of Paisley. It is a stunning Victorian museum that is home to a whole host of treasures from the Shawl Collection, to one of the best ceramics collections in the country.


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 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 at Paisley Museum are used year round for exhibitions ranging from contemporary to classical art and everything in between!

And why not take a look 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. 




Museum Info

Opening Hours

Tues to Sat: 11am – 4pm
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm
Public Holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year): 11am – 4pm
Closed Mondays


Admission  to Paisley Museum is free, however there may be charges for temporary exhibitions.

Contact Us


Phone: 0300 300 1210

Visit: Paisley Museum, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA

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For more details on how to get to Paisley Museum and accessibility please access our Plan Your Visit Page


Get In Touch

Renfrewshire Leisure
11 Christie Street

Tel: 0300 300 0250