What We Offer
National Landmark. Experience the restored, 1908 home of immigrants through guided tours, Wed.-Sat., 1-4PM and by appointment. Stroll through furnished period rooms of the early 1900's and, visit the Botto family's Old World Gardens, featuring a grape arbor, root cellar, bocce court and cold-frame garden beds. View the historic balcony from which union organizers and supporters such as Upton Sinclair addressed 20,000 striking men, women and children during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.
Museum. Visit the permanent exhibit "1913 Paterson Silk Strike," featuring historic photographs of workplace conditions, wage scales, picketlines, strikers' meetings at the Bottos' home, and the organizers of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). View temporary, changing exhibits on an array of topics related to workplaces, workers and organized labor, past and present. The Museum's library is available to the general public and, free lending privileges are offered. Museum members and AAA members are welcome to visit for free.
Special Programs. Please check the Museum's calendar of events regularly for special programs for adults and families. Enjoy vocal and musical performances at the annual May Day Festival. Celebrate the contributions of working people by watching or marching in the annual Labor Day Parade. Join us for a lecture, film-screening or book-signing event each October, National Arts and Humanities Month. Honor workers injured and killed on-the-job at the Museum's annual Workers' Memorial Day candlelight vigil and special presentation every April. Come learn and mingle during exhibit receptions.
Education. The Museum's education programs are available by appointment and through pre-registration. Contact us today to arrange programming. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in fieldtrip programs, including "Millworker/Millowner," a combined visit to the Botto House (home of a worker), Paterson's Great Falls (in the historic mill district) and Lambert Castle (home of mill owner Catholina Lambert), and "Labor Education Program," a combined visit to the Botto House, Great Falls, and the Paterson Museum (a restored mill with silk industry exhibits). A series of distance learning classes (videoconferencing) and "Museums-in-a-Suitcase" (portable exhibits) are available to schools, libraries, senior centers. union halls and civic centers. On-site presentations by members of the Museum's Speakers' Bureau are designed to bring labor and immigrant studies topics to your venue; please ask us about available topics. Scouts and home-school groups are invited to participate in tours, lessons and hands-on activities. The Museum offers opportunities for the completion of Eagle Scout projects. The Museum provides Saturday Labor Art Classes for students from grades 3-5. During the classes, students engage in social studies lessons and visual and performing arts projects.
Museum Store. Browse and shop in the Museum Store, Wed.-Sat. 1-4PM, by appointment (or online anytime). The store features books, posters, t-shirts, golf shirts, caps, Museum collectibles a children's section and more. Mastercard and VISA are accepted.
Membership. The Museum invites you to support the preservation and advancement of working people's history by becoming a proud member of the American Labor Museum.