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Upcoming METC Events


Join us to celebrate Halloween at METC’s annual event, Tricks ‘n’ Treats on October 29, 1-3 PM. Come in costume, for a ghoulishly… Read More

Date Night at the Museum – Wine, Cheese and Sculpture!

Sometimes creativity takes two! Team up with your friend, partner or significant other to make a unique clay ornament. This special collaborative workshop… Read More

"The Rise and Fall of New Jersey’s Incredible Terra Cotta Industry"

A presentation by Richard Veit, Ph.D. of Monmouth University. Lighter than stone and more colorful than the rainbow, terra cotta transformed American architecture in the… Read More

Hands-On Pottery Workshop with Mimi Stadler

The terra cotta factories are gone, but clay decoration continues in New Jersey. Join local potter Mimi Stadler at METC for a special,… Read More

More About METC

METC Mission Statement

Our mission is to foster the understanding, cultivation, and appreciation of America’s past by presenting and interpreting the history, culture, and lives of the inhabitants of New Jersey from its earliest settlement through the present day. Read More…

Our Historic Building

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is housed in the James Library building, built 1899-1900 to house the Madison Public Library. The architectural style is Richardsonian Romanesque Revival. Read More…

Museum Shop

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts has a lovely gift shop filled with many distinctive and affordable items. Stop by when you come to visit! Read More…


“The children learned first-hand what their day would have been like 200 years ago.”

Montessori Children’s Academy

Short Hills

“The enthusiasm of the instructors was contagious! Hands-on project made the learning authentic. After the program the kids could not stop talking about how much they enjoyed the program.”

James Caldwell School


Preview Our Collection

METC receives an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State