Due to the installation of our new exhibit, Sweet Treats: Desserts & Delicacies of the Garden State. METC will be closed to the public June 10, 2019 through June 24, 2019.

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Sweet Treats Opening Reception

      June 25 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 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. Ice’d Cream Family Fun Day

      July 13 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    5. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Architecture Tour

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

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

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

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

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

      August 20 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

Ice'd Cream Family Fun Day

Join METC on our front lawn on July 13, for a FREE day of family fun focused on all things sweet! As part of the fun, we will be joined by historian Deborah Peterson demonstrating how to make colonial “ice’d creams.” Visitors will have a chance to sample both colonial and modern flavors with sweet frozen treats from Rita’s Italian Ice of Berkeley Heights and Main Freeze of Madison, and also enjoy refreshments provided by Kings Food Market and Simple Coffee . Family friendly entertainment for the day is provided by the performers of Step Right Up and the band, Cracked Walnuts. Lots of games and activities will be happening all day too, so make sure to stop by for some summer fun! Registration recommended as supplies are limited. Click here for more information!

Coming Soon!

Sweet Treats: Desserts & Delicacies from the Garden State

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Sweet Treats: Desserts & Delicacies from the Garden State will indulge your senses in the rich culinary
traditions that find their roots here in the Garden State. The exhibit features historic cookware, and draws from local recipes to help shape our understanding of the expertise and artisanship involved in creating these special dishes, many of which continue to be enjoyed today.

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