Please be aware, the Museum does not have Air Conditioning. As the summer heats up and temperatures outside remain high, we continue to encourage visitors to call the museum to ensure that we are open before you visit (973)321-1260. The museum may close to the public unexpectedly due to high temperatures inside the main gallery. We appreciate your patience as we ride out this heatwave together.
The Paterson Museum is now open to the public. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 am- 4:30 pm. We are not open on the weekends at this time. We still ask that you call ahead to make reservations for groups larger than ten.

History within History

Guided Tours

The Museum offers guided tours for

school and community groups by appointment. Please call for further

information about program details or

to make a group tour reservation.

Visiting Hours

Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Suggested donation of $2.00 for adults; Children under 18 free.

About The Museum

Paterson Museum – Thomas Rogers Building, 2 Market Street, Paterson – Owned and maintained by the City of Paterson, the Museum was organized in 1925. Its first exhibit, displayed in the assembly room of the Danforth Public Library, consisted of natural history objects donated by local residents.


Two years later, the growing collection was moved to the adjacent carriage house of former Mayor Nathan Barnert, and within a few years, its mineral collection was one of the largest in New Jersey. The museum was relocated to the restored Thomas Rogers Locomotive Erecting Shop in 1982, giving visitors the opportunity of viewing a variety of artifacts and exhibits which help tell the industrial history of Paterson.


…From its inception, the Paterson Museum has stressed the educational aspects of it’s interpretive exhibits. A major strength of the museum lies in its varied collections, including local archaeology, history, and mineralogy. Paterson has been a birthplace and springboard to many innovators and inventors. The museum relates to the history of Paterson by showing its evolution as a machinery and textile center, the “Silk City,” locomotive manufacturing, Colt arms, and the unique Holland submarines.

The Foundation

The Foundation

Paterson Museum Foundation (The Foundation) during Paterson’s 225th anniversary year. The Foundation will support the growth of the museum in conjunction with the revival of the Great Falls and Hinchliffe Stadium, promote the development of its exhibits, educational programs, and special community events.

Modern Day

Modern Day

Visitors will enjoy looking over the dyeing, winding, warping, weaving and Jacquard loom products that gave Paterson its worldwide reputation in silk and textiles.