• Upcoming Events

    1. After School @ the Museum: Art @ the Museum

      April 23 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    2. After School @ the Museum: Art @ the Museum

      April 30 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    3. Zero Waste Daniel

      May 2 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    4. After School @ the Museum: Art @ the Museum

      May 7 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    5. Ladies Night Out

      May 9 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    6. After School @ the Museum: Art @ the Museum

      May 14 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    7. Storytime @ the Museum

      May 16 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    8. After School @ the Museum: Art @ the Museum

      May 21 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    9. After School @ the Museum: Art @ the Museum- Make Up Day

      May 28 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    10. Narrative Threads Artist Panel

      June 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

METC's Carriage to Car event a great success!

Thanks for joining us on Saturday, July 14.

Zero Waste Daniel


On May 2, 2019, METC invites you to an evening with Zero Waste Daniel. Founder, Daniel Silverstein is a NY fashion designer and a zero waste pioneer who first captured the attention of America on Season 2 of NBC’s reality completion, Fashion Star, in 2013. Since then, his story and mission have gone viral with over 20 million views on Buzzfeed, Now This, and Insider and his innovative zero waste designs have been seen on many celebrities on the red carpet.  A graduate of Madison High School and FIT, Daniel’s energy and enthusiasm for fashion and sustainability is evident in everything he does.

Daniel will be sharing more about his brand and his process at METC on May 2. Event details and registration available online 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.

Admission by Donation During Installation!

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 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