Paisley Museum, Scotland’s first municipal museum, designed by John Honeyman, was opened in 1871.
Peter Coats, partner in the large firm of thread makers J&P Coats, as the donor. This, together with the considerable collections amassed by the Paisley Philosophical society since 1808, made the venture possible.
The building also held a full library. In 1882, art and sculpture galleries were added, again paid for by Sir Peter Coats. The building was once more extended in 1901 and 1933 and included Library extensions.
New shawl galleries were added in 1974. In addition to its other major collections, the museum, naturally, has the finest collection of Paisley shawls in the world.
Media: You can find photographs and video on the Paisley Photographs website
High Street Paisley
Tel: 0300 300 1210
Tue-Sat 1000-1700, Sunday 1400-1700