Paisley Museum including the Coats Observatory

Paisley Museum including the Coats Observatory
High Street
Paisley
Renfrewshire
PA1 2BA
Scotland

Website

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/webcontent/home/services/leisure+and+culture/arts+and+museums/els-jcp-coatsobservatory

E-mail

museums.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Telephone

0300 300 1210

Fax

0141 889 9240

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Paisley Museum and Art Galleries
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Paisley Museum opened in 1871. The building was designed by the well-known Glasgow architect John Honeyman and was paid for by Sir Peter Coats of the famous Coats thread manufacturing family. We house a wealth of treasures, from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders of our industrial past and our natural heritage.

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

Paisley Art Gallery has wonderful permanent collections of studio ceramics, paintings and sculpture. This includes work by artists from the Glasgow School, the Scottish Colourists and Paisley-born writer and artist John Byrne. We care for a Ceramics Collection of over 500 pieces, both studio ceramics and factory ware. Our studio ceramics collection is considered one of the finest in Scotland and includes examples by the majority of important contemporary British potters.

Coats Observatory is a unique attraction, housing astronomical equipment and displays, weather and earthquake recording equipment. Gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats and designed by Glasgow Architect John Honeyman the building opened in 1883 and has been welcoming everyone with an interest in astronomy ever since. The observatory also has a planetarium which gives visitors a tour of the night sky without having to leave the comfort of their chair.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Science centre

Opening hours

Tues-Sat and Bank Holidays 11.00-16.00
Sun 14.00-17.00

Admission charges

£FREE

Getting there

The museum and observatory are easy to get to using public transport, and only a five minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street Station. This is a ten minute regular train journey from Glasgow Central Station.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Face made from Light Trails

The Museum of Light

  • 16 May 2015 7-11:45pm

The spotlight is firmly on us in this International Year of Light! You'll be beaming in more ways than one when you step into our nocturnal celebration of space and light. There'll be a wide range of activities running throughout the evening - you'll be able to 'paint with light' in our photography workshop, have a go at creating your own animations and see some dazzling scientific demonstrations performed before your very eyes! We've got a storyteller to create pictures with his words and, proving our event attracts the biggest stars, the evening will culminate in a viewing of the planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn through our telescopes in Coats Observatory.

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Website

http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Getting there

The museum and observatory are easy to get to using public transport, and only a five minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street Station. This is a ten minute regular train journey from Glasgow Central Station.

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