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.