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Paisley Museum

The Paisley Pattern

The Paisley Pattern is a design classic known and loved in the USA, Japan and throughout Europe. In the last century the luxury shawl industry of Paisley, Scotland's largest town, spread the name and the pattern across the world.

Today you can see the beauty of the original shawls and discover the story of their intricate art at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. The Museum is establishing again the skills of the handloom weavers who made Paisley famous. Their lost knowledge is being recreated using the authentic methods of 150 years ago.

The Galleries

Throughout its grand galleries Paisley Museum and Art Galleries has a wealth of activities for all the family:

  • Child centred displays on Animals, the Environment, on Paintings and on Paisley's history

  • Lots of hands-on experiences

  • Art Galleries filled with Paisley's rich range of pictures and the rare collection of contemporary craft pottery

  • An ever changing programme of varied exhibitions and events

  • Museum Shop - Working with an historic Paisley firm the museum has made shawls available again, alongside a wide range of Paisley Pattern gifts based on 'Paisley Originals' designs.

  • Assisted disabled access is available to most of the galleries and car parking is available for disabled visitors - please telephone to arrange a visit

  • Group visits welcome - please telephone for details and services available

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  • Directions

    Central Paisley is only a few minutes from Glasgow Airport
    From Glasgow. Paisley Gilmour Street Station is 15 minutes by train from Glasgow Central Station. By car use M8 junction 27 to the Paisley Centre Car Park, Storie Street (300 spaces).

    Paisley Museum Postcode for SatNav: PA1 2BA


    +44 (0)1418 893 151
    +44 (0)1418 899 240

    High Street
    Central Scotland
    PA1 2BA

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