Natural History Collection

The natural history collections at Paisley Museum consist of an estimated 70,000 specimens, ranging from fossils dating back 545 million years to butterflies and moths, tropical shells and British birds.

They show the diversity of life both past and present, from the local area of Renfrewshire and further afield.

The collection is divided into three main categories:

Vertebrate Zoology consisting of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians and invertebrate zoology including corals,  molluscs and insects, in particular butterflies and moths.

Botany which consists of flowering plants, ferns, mosses and lichens.

Geology which covers rocks, fossils and minerals.

The Paisley Natural History Society host talks at Paisley Museum throughout the year. Keep an eye on our Whats On page to find out more.


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Phone: 0300 300 1210

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

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