Paterson Museum

Paterson Museum

2 Market St.
Paterson, NJ 07501
 973-321-1260
  • Overview

    Exhibits detail Paterson's role as the nation's first planned industrial city. Photograph collection of 200,000 negatives and prints, locomotive, rock and mineral specimens, art exhibits, the first practical submarine, Colt Firearms, silk. Paterson, is remembered in history as the "Silk City."


    Working within this context, the museum presents its version of the process by which raw silk was taken and transformed into cloth. Sam Colt and the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company: The Norman B Tomlison Jr. and the Paul R. Applegate collection of rare Colt firearms represents a magnificent group of weapons fabricated by the company in Paterson from 1837 to 1842.


    Paterson school teacher John Philip Holland, triumphed over disappointments and failure to achieve the practical use of the submarine. On display are the hull of Holland's Boat #I (1878) and Boat #2 (1881). Wright Aeronautical. This exhibition takes the viewer on a trip through the history of the Wright Aeronautical Corp. and the events leading to Charles Lindbergh's historic flight in 1927.

  • Amenities

    • Free Admission
  • Nearby:

    •  Dining

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    •  Lodging

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    •  Activities

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    •  Events

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      • Elmwood Park Community Day with Fireworks
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      •   Activities

        Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
        0.1 MI
        973-523-0370
        View >
      •   Activities

        Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Commission
        0.4 MI
        973-684-6555
        View >
      •   Activities

        New Jersey Jackals at Hinchliffe Stadium
        0.4 MI
        973-746-7434
        View >
      •   Activities

        Broadway, LRC and Hamilton Club Galleries at Passaic Community College
        0.4 MI
        973-684-6555
        View >
      •   Activities

        Poetry Center & Cultural Affairs, Passaic County Community College
        0.5 MI
        973-684-6555
        View >
      •   Activities

        9/11 Memorial
        0.5 MI
        View >
      •   Activities

        Garret Mountain Reservation
        1.0 MI
        973-881-4832
        View >
      •   Activities

        Lambert Castle Museum
        1.1 MI
        973-247-0085
        View >
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