Paterson Museum

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Paterson Museum
Rogers Locomotive Works plant 1906-03-28.jpg
An aerial-view drawing of the Rogers Locomotive Works plant in 1906
Location2 Market Street
Paterson, NJ 07501
Coordinates40°54′49″N 74°10′44″W / 40.91354°N 74.17895°W / 40.91354; -74.17895
TypeIndustry museum
Public transit accessPaterson station (rail)
NJ Transit 365, 366, 704, 712 (bus)
Fenian Ram submarine

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[1] 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. To honor this, when you enter the museum, the museum has a railroad track with live toy-model train going around the track.


The museum has some notable old-found items. It has a range of old guns, Native American artifacts, to gem stones and old locomotives. Many tours are constantly coming from schools and other towns to inspect and check out these old items. The museum additionally has a beautiful painting collection, although to make room for more 'notable' items, they have put a lot of these paintings into personal hold.


The museum has a vast collection of medicine that was used in the early 1900s, along with beautiful paintings of medicine covers. The number of old medicine caps that they have vary in the hundreds. They also have paintings of old hospital assistants, and how life back in the infirmary was in the early years.


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Coordinates: 40°54′49″N 74°10′44″W / 40.91354°N 74.17895°W / 40.91354; -74.17895