• Upcoming Events

    1. Narrative Threads Artist Panel

      June 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    2. Downtown Concert Series – Rosewood

      June 28 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. Downtown Concert Series – Zaire

      July 12 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    4. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Architecture Tour

      July 20 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    5. Downtown Concert Series – Brynn Stanley

      July 26 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    6. Downtown Concert Series – House of Hamill

      August 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    7. Summer Camp: Sweet Treats

      August 14 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    8. Summer Camp: Sweet Treats

      August 15 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    9. Summer Camp: Nature Art

      August 20 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    10. Summer Camp: The Trades of METC

      August 21 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

METC and DDC's Free Summer Concert Series

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June 28 – Rosewood

July 12 – Zaire Band

July 26 – Brynn Stanley

August 9 – House of Hamill

August 23 – Jumping the Gun

September 6 – Hatchet Jack

Narrative Threads Artist Panel

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Join textile artists Helen R. Kaar, Linda Rae Coughlin, and Elisa Kessler Caporale for a panel discussion and showcase of their respective works. The panel discussion will highlight the evolution of traditional techniques of hooked rugs,woven textiles, and quilting to contemporary interpretations and approaches. Artists will be available to speak individually with visitors after the panel. Light refreshments served. Click here for more information.


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.

Working the Land Open to the Public!

 The new, state-of-the-art exhibit tells the story of early life in New Jersey, exploring the tools and strategies that helped people meet the challenges of working the land and highlights some significant “moments of change” that would eventually alter their lives. Regular METC admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children 6 and older, and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $15.00.


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