Paisley Museum

Pillar Gallery

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Admission to Paisley Museum is free. 


4 Star AwardPaisley Museum has been awarded a prestigious 4 star visitor attraction award from Visit Scotland.


Please note that the Shawl and Loom Galleries at Paisley Museum will be closed to the public on Friday 30 January for research work. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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.

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. With original Victorian architecture and double-barrel vaulted ceiling completely renovated, the gallery now proudly houses the re-display of the Museum’s collections in a revitalised open space.

With innovative ICT systems, two discovery areas for educational activities and fresh graphics, visitors can look forward to an interesting, interactive object led experience.

Customer feedback has been instrumental in developing the new improved gallery. It has been strongly recognised how important this building is to the public but also that in order to provide a fitting 21st-century visitor attraction, interior layout and collection changes were required to be made.

The key aim of this project of redevelopment is to provide visitors with a complete learning experience and one in which it allows for the exploration of local and natural history as well as providing an opportunity to display 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.

More information about our collections. At Paisley Museum you'll also find the Art Galleries and the Coats Observatory, one of only four public observatories in the country.

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.

Exhibitions and displays

We organise a year-round programme of varied temporary exhibitions, please check the What's On section. 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 including a wealth of treasures, 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. Find out more about the collections.

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.

Venue hire

If you are looking for a unique, cultural setting for an event then nothing can compare to Paisley Museum. The Lecture Hall and The Studio are perfect for receptions and buffets. In our Main Gallery, Scotland's eighth largest collection provides an impressive backdrop for your event. Check out our venue hire page for further information.

Access at Paisley Museum

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

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 the museum is closed on Mondays.

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Monday, February 23, 2015