Service Update – Coronavirus

Paisley: The Secret Collection

The Secret Collection is currently closed due to the Coronavirus situation. Please access our FAQs here for more information.

Paisley's accessible museum store

Renfrewshire Museums collections are wide ranging, including costume and textiles, natural history, social history, world cultures, science and art. Paisley holds a rare position in the history of woven textiles and The Paisley Shawl Collection cared for by Renfrewshire Leisure is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland.


shawl collection recognition


inside museum with dollhouse



Paisley: The Secret Collection is the first publicly accessible museum store on a UK High Street, containing thousands of objects reflecting Renfrewshire's amazing heritage and culture. The centre is a space where everyone can explore, learn, research and discover hidden treasures in the collection.


Free guided tours of Paisley: The Secret Collection are available and usually last approximately 45 mins – 1 hour.  Because of the secure nature of the facility, you will be taken in a group. 




How do I book a public tour?

Booking for 2018 tours are now available online at the link above or by phoning 0141 618 5129 (Mon - Fri 10am to 4pm). Tours will last between 45 mins to an hour each and have a maximum capacity of 15 visitors per tour. You must make the booking at least one week in advance of any visit.




What is the cost of a tour?

All our public and school tours are free.




How do I book a school tour?

School tours can be booked by phone 0141 618 5129 or email




How do I book research appointments?

Staff will be able to advise visitors wishing to research specific objects. Booking for research appointments will be available by contacting us at Requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance. We will confirm your booking at least 1 week in advance and reserve your space in the Research Area. You must also complete a form indicating you abide by our Code of Practice, this will be attached as part of our booking form.




How do I cancel a reservation?

If you would like to cancel your booking please phone 0141 618 5129 or email




What will I see in the Store?

The tour will be a general tour of the facility and may not cover all areas of the collections.




Can I photograph the objects?

Photography of collections is permitted, but there are restrictions on what you can photograph. These restrictions will be covered by your tour guide at the start of the tour.




Is the Store fully accessible?

Yes there is a lift available as soon as you access the main entrance on the High Street. There are also disabled toilets.




Is the Store suitable for children?

Yes, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.



Booking Details:


by email at

by phone on 0141 618 5129


Contact Details

9 High Street



Tel: 0141 618 5129



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