• Upcoming Events

    1. Winter Traditions: Storytime & Craft

      December 15 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    2. Colors of the World: A Textile Tour for Virtual World Travelers

      January 10, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    3. Kids Mini-Camp

      February 18, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

METC's Carriage to Car event a great success!

Thanks for joining us on Saturday, July 14.


Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts and Textiles

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Narrative Threads showcases historic textiles from the collection of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. The exhibit also features pieces made by contemporary New Jersey textile artists who draw inspiration from the past, while continuing to forge an exciting new future for the craft.

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…


Monday:   Closed
Tuesday–Saturday:   10am–4pm
Sunday*:  Noon-5pm
*Closed on Holidays and Sundays in July and August


Adults – $5
Students, Children and Adults 62+ – $3
Members & Children under 6 – FREE
Family Maximum Rate – $15.00
Guided Tours (by appointment only) – $8.00 per person

The Delicate Art of Lace-Making

Join us on Thursday, December 6th at 7pm to learn the art and history of lace-making.  You’ll even have a chance to try your hand at it!

Cost: $8 per person, $5 for Members & Seniors

Registration is available here.

Highlights from the METC Collection

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