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"I feel somewhat guilty not having visited this museum before. I guess it was the location I was concerned with. But what a surprise! This is a wonderful, small museum in a nice location in Paterson. If you enjoy learning about the history of a city, especially its place in aviation and railroad ..."history, this is the place to go. Although it's small and you'll probably walk around it for about an hour or so, you can couple the visit with a walk over to the Great Falls National Park. Don't expect a "National Park" experience, but the view is very nice. Don't forget to walk across the street from the falls to visit the Cultural Center.
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"We ended up here because me daughter had a school research project on historic Paterson. First we visited Great Falls and then walked down to the museum. Don't expect to get much in the way of help from the staff, they seem to be there solely to flip on the lights and man the desk. The museum, howev..."er, is small enough to guide yourself through and both my 7 and 9 year o,d were completely engaged with the looking at the early submarines, Wright brothers plane engines and early apothecary equipment. They also enjoyed looking at the huge wigwam and Lenni Lenape boat. The highlight of course were the Early industrial machines which were housed in beautiful displays. We took many pictures and my daughter was able to learn a lot about local history. Definitely worth a trip for an hour or so when you are driving past Paterson.
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"If you live in the area you must go to visit the falls. It's so impressive! The only problem is the area the park is located in. Not the most scenic. However, try to ignore the garbage and concentrate on the power of the water. Hopefully the National Park recognition will help to get this park ..."more in the public eye and draw visitors.
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