No visit to Paisley Museum would be complete without a tour of Coats Observatory, which is also part of the Museum complex. The stunning building holds a vast range of telescopes for year-round stargazing, and a state of the art digital planetarium. Built in 1883, Coats Observatory is the oldest public observatory in the country. As well as the astronomical work, daily weather readings are taken and the observatory had also served as a seismic recording centre monitoring earthquakes worldwide, which included the famous 1906 San Francisco quake. If you are interested to hear about the history of Coats Observatory and learn more about the stars and planets, then come along to one of our free tours. The meeting point for these tours is at Paisley Museum reception. If you will be visiting the Observatory in a large group, please call Paisley Museum ahead of your visit to ensure there are spaces available for your desired tour slot.