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Museum Offers Cures for What Ails Us

A daytrip to Paterson is a look back at drugstore remedies.

In the heart of Paterson's historic downtown, just steps away from the Great Falls, the Paterson Museum is the the restored Thomas Rogers Locomotive and Machine Shop.

At the corner of Market Street and Spruce Street, a locomotive announces the museum. Inside, visitors can see a submarine and the large silk looms that give "Silk City" its moniker.

A large and remarkable collection in the museum shows patent and prescription medicines from the 1920s and beyond. A longtime Paterson pharmacy donated a collection of remedies, bottles, and even a book full of old-time prescriptions. For those who want more medical detail, the museum displays vintage nursing uniforms, as well.

The museum has something for nearly everyone, says the staff, even hypochondriacs!

Visiting Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays    

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.   

Admission: Suggested donation of $2 for adults; Children under 18 free.

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