Lambert Castle, Paterson NJ 07503

          Are you fascinated by art and sculptures? Do stories about historical events have you saying things like “wow that is amazing” or “what happened next?” Then the Lambert Castle is the place to be?

          The Lambert Castle is a museum located at 3 Valley Road in Paterson, New Jersey, Passaic County, with three floors of entertainment for people of all ages. To explore this lovely museum, adults must pay five dollars, senior citizens, as in anyone over the age of sixty-five pay four dollars, kids ages five to seventeen cost three dollars and there is no charge for children under five years old. There is accessibility for anyone with mobility limitations, each floor has an elevator. The bathrooms in this museum are also suitable for anyone, they have disabled toilet stalls. The hours of operation are 1 PM to 4 PM from Wednesday to Sunday and 12 PM to 4 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lambert Castle is located about 14 minutes from Mankememorial.com and is in the same city of Paterson NJ.

          So what is there to do and see at the Lambert Castle Museum? The first floor has tours every half hour with answers to any questions you may have about the museum's history and displays. There are original possessions for visitors to learn about Paterson, New Jersey's social and industrial past. If you are bringing a young kid, they might not want to miss story time. The museum contains a library which is only open Wednesday to Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The galleries on the upper levels of the museum, such as Julian Rix Gallery, Great Falls Gallery and Portrait Gallery present folk art, castle oddities and local history. Up on the third floor is where you can find sculptures in the Gaetano Federici Sculptor exhibition. In this exhibition you can find over thirty original works of art that were done by this artist, including a marble bust called Laughing Girl which is known as one of Federici's best examples of his ability to portray a smile.

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          The historical rooms and exhibitions at Lambert Castle are open for ten months at a time and that is from mid December through mid October, while the rest of the time is used for the museum's annual fund raising event called The Holiday House Boutique. If you are interested in shopping for jewelry, seasonal decorations or gourmet food, but not limited to those things, then getting involved in the holiday house boutique might not be a bad idea.

          How did the Lambert Castle Museum come to be? Well it was originally a castle home that was built in 1892 by an English immigrant named Catholina Lambert who called the castle Belle Vista. Lambert wanted a home that resembled the castles in Great Britain which is where he grew up. Catholina lived and kept his collection of American and European paintings and sculptures in the castle. In 1896, a 70 foot observation tower was added to the castle as well as a summerhouse. Catholina lived in the castle until his death in 1923. Later on, Lambert's son sold it to the city of Paterson and it became a Tuberculosis Hospital. In 1934, Passaic County Historical Society was granted permission to establish a museum and library in the building where it still stands today, reminding everyone of the Victorian Era. Feel free to browse the museum's website for more information at www.lambertcastle.org