Paisley Museum

Photograph of Coats Observatory

4 Star AwardPaisley Museum is a 4 star visitor attraction, located in the heart of Paisley. Admission to the museum is free.

Opening hours

Paisley Museum is open:

  • Tues - Sat, 11am - 4pm
  • Sun, 2pm - 5pm
  • Public holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year): 11am to 4pm

Please note Paisley Museum is closed on Mondays.

Paisley Museum opened in 1871. The building was designed by the well-known Glasgow architect John Honeyman and paid for by Sir Peter Coats of the famous Coats thread manufacturing family.

The museum houses a wealth of treasures, from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders of our industrial past and our natural heritage.

Pride of place goes to The Arbuthnott Missal and our unique textile collection. The Paisley Shawl Collection, cared for by Renfrewshire Arts and Museums, is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland.

What's On

We organise a year-round programme of varied temporary exhibitions. Only a small proportion of our collections can be on display at any one time, if there is something you'd like to arrange to see please contact our curatorial team.


Renfrewshire Arts and Museums care for collections from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders of our industrial past and our natural heritage. Among our collections, pride of place goes to The Arbuthnott Missal and our unique Textile Collection. 

Coats Observatory

One of only 4 public observatories in the country, Coats Observatory is open for winter viewing nights, planetarium viewings and other events throughout the year. Find out more information on this unique building.

Education and events

We regularly organise free lunchtime talks and talks from Paisley Natural History Society, and we have dedicated teams of arts professionals and museum education specialists working to enrich our community.

Pillar Gallery

Pillar Gallery

In November 2012, the Pillar Gallery within Paisley Museum was officially reopened following a full restoration after a nine month refurbishment programme totalling £110,000.  The gallery now proudly houses the re-display of the Museum’s collections in a revitalised open space, including many of the star objects in Paisley’s collection.

These include the much loved and famous  ‘Buddy’ the lion, bronze age canoe, Egyptian mummy, picklehaube (German WWI helmet) Paisley silver bells relating to the horse racing events in the town and the Arbuthnott prayer book dating back to the 15th century.

You can view a great selection of our paintings on the Paisley Museum page of the BBC 'Your Paintings' website.

Getting there

The venue is easily accessible via public transport, and is only a five minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street Station, just ten minutes by regular rail service from Glasgow Central Station.

You can plan your journey simply by using the Traveline Scotland website.

Access at Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum is accessible for wheelchair users or for those who have restricted mobility. 

Contact us

Tuesday, June 30, 2015