• Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-4:30 pm
  • Closed Mondays and holidays
  • View the dyeing, winding, warping, weaving and Jacquard loom products that gave Paterson its worldwide reputation in silk and textiles
  • Guided tours for school and community groups by appointment
  • Parking
  • Group tours
  • Suggested donations: Adults - $2, Children under 18 - Free

Paterson Museum

2 Market Street, Paterson, NJ 07505


Founded in 1925, Paterson Museum is owned and run by the city of Paterson, with a mission to preserve and display the city’s industrial history. From its inception, the Paterson Museum has stressed the educational aspects of its interpretive exhibits that feature local archaeology, history and mineralogy. Additionally, Paterson has been a springboard to many innovators and inventors; the museum showcases the city’s evolution as a machinery and textile center, and its reputation for being the birthplace of pioneers in the locomotive, arms and submarine industries. The museum was relocated to the restored Thomas Rogers Locomotive Erecting Shop in 1982, giving visitors the opportunity to view a variety of artifacts and exhibits that help bring to life Paterson’s industrial history.


  • Explore the historical artifacts that gave Paterson its reputation as a textile center.
  • Learn about the pioneers who got their start in the industrial city: John Holland, the "Father of the modern submarine," Sam Colt who perfected the repeating cylinder revolver, and John Ryle, known as the "Father of the silk industry."

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