• Upcoming Events

    1. Makers Day @ METC

      March 23 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    2. After School @ The Museum: Time Travel in New Jersey

      March 26 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    3. Textiles and Technology

      March 30 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    4. Stuffed Animal Sleepover

      April 5 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    5. Spring Break Drop-In Craft: Coil Pots

      April 9 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    6. Spring Break Drop-In Craft: Broom Making

      April 10 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    7. Spring Break Drop-In Craft: Candle-Dipping

      April 11 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    8. Easter Fun Fest!

      April 13 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    9. Spring Break Drop-In Craft: Coil Pots

      April 16 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    10. Spring Break Drop-In Craft: Broom Making

      April 17 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

METC's Carriage to Car event a great success!

Thanks for joining us on Saturday, July 14.

Textiles and Technology

Sally Orgren_ A vintage 1950’s Nadeau Hand-Skill loom will be available for visitors to experience

Join us on March 30 from 1 to 4 pm  as handweaver Sally Orgren demonstrates on several multi-shaft looms and shares how textiles and technology have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. We will explore the concept of computers and how they relate to textiles. See how number sequences become intricate patterns in cloth. Sit down at a loom, throw a shuttle, and make cloth!

Free with museums admission. demonstrations from 1 to 4 pm and lecture on “Textiles and Technology” at 2 pm.

Registration is recommended as space is limited. Register here.


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.

Free Museum Admission through End of March!

Exciting changes are coming to METC this Spring as we unveil our first new permanent exhibit since 1996!  During the installation phase, we are offering free admission for regular museum entry. Donations are welcome.   The new, state-of-the-art exhibit will tell the story of early life in New Jersey, exploring the tools and strategies that helped people meet the challenges of working the land and will highlight some significant “moments of change” that would eventually alter their lives.  As we complete the work of installing this new exhibit, part of the museum’s permanent exhibits will be unavailable to the public.  Our current main gallery exhibition Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts and Textiles will continue to be accessible during this time.

Note: Free admission does not apply to special programs (St. Patrick’s Day, Maker’s Day, Textiles & Technology, Stuffed Animal Sleepover)  or scheduled educational programs.  For more information feel free to email info@metc.org or call us at 973-377-2982.


Monday:   Closed
Tuesday–Saturday:   10am–4pm
Sunday*:  Noon-5pm
Closed on Easter, Sunday, April 21 and Independence Day, Thursday, July 4
*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

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…

Visitor Center & Gift 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…

Highlights from the METC Collection

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