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Paterson Museum, Paterson

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Paterson Museum is a museum in Paterson, in Passaic County, New Jersey, in the United States. Founded in 1925, it is owned and run by the city of Paterson and its mission is to preserve and display the industrial history of Paterson. It is located in the Old Great Falls Historic District.

Since 1982 the museum has been housed in the Thomas Rogers Building on Market Street, the former erecting shop of Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works, a major 19th-century manufacturer of railroad steam locomotives. Prior to 1982 the museum was located in the former carriage house of Nathan Barnert, civic figure and philanthropist.

Notable exhibits include the Fenian Ram, the submarine designed by John Philip Holland for use by the Fenian Brotherhood and their earlier Holland I. The museum also houses an archive of Holland's life and work. A large collection of early Colt firearms and the façade of a playhouse built by Lou Costello for his children are also on display. There is a display of industrial equipment from the former silk-weaving factories that used to be a prominent part of Paterson's economy, including automated looms. The museum has a railroad track at its entrance, with live toy-model train going around the track.
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  • A visit to Paterson Great Falls NHP is not complete without also visiting this enjoyable museum just two blocks from the falls. Located in one of the many 19th century warehouses that line the...  more »
  • Paterson has so much American history to share, 300 years of it--the Totawas, the Dutch, the English, General Washington, the locomotives, the Colts, the silk mills, those Swedish and Polish and...  more »
  • One floor with great exhibits. It give an outstanding overall history of the community and its contributions to society and especially americas development in the manufacturing and economic world. It’s free and worth the time to see.
  • Free essentially, donation box next to sign in sheet. About 30min you can do the whole thing. Brought 3.5yr old he loved it.

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