Paterson Court House Museum

Located in the former Court House (c1860s) in the village of Paterson. The building ceased to operate as a court house in 1967 and the museum opened in 1974. It is operated by the Paterson Historical Society and holds extensive collections including special displays on Dorothy MacKellar, Rev Rupp (orchids), the Tocal murder of 1874 and the only surviving double-sided Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows banner.

There is a comprehensive range of publications for sale on the history of the Paterson valley including transcriptions of headstones for burials in St Paul's Church of England (Anglican) Church.

Opening times

The Museum is open from to 3.00pm on Sundays (closed Sunday 20 December 2020, reopens Sunday 10 January 2021).

Group visits

Groups are welcome to visit the museum outside normal opening times by prior arrangement. Contact us by email at

Special individual visits

The museum can open outside normal times for individuals or couples by prior arrangement. A fee of $50 applies and is subject to availability of volunteers. Contact us by email at

Paterson Court House Museum

Paterson Court House Museum.