METC Calendar

METC Calendar of Events

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Current Exhibit
Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey

January 17, 2017 – September 3, 2017

How far is the distance from farm to table? For families in early New Jersey it was measured in inches. These families did not make their living “by bread alone.” They relied not only on wheat and corn, but also on bees, cows, apples, and vegetables to support themselves and their communities. The Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey explores the technology and tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized in order to survive. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.


Guided Tours unlock the secrets of METC!
For an in-depth look at the current exhibit and the secrets of METC and the James Library Building, book a guided tour! Only $8 per person. Call 973-377-2982 ext. 12 to book a tour today!




Shoe RecyclingCollection Drive: Gently Used Shoes in honor of new mini-exhibitApril 1 – April 30
$1 Admission for Donation of Gently Used Shoes
During the month of April, bring gently used shoes to the museum for donation to the ShoeBox Recycling program and receive $1 off regular admission. The maximum discount per person is $1.
DO bring casual shoes, dress shoes, work boots, soccer cleats, sneakers, sandals (no flip-flops), heels, flats, loafers that are clean and tied or banded together in pairs.
DO NOT bring damaged shoes, wet/mildewed shoes, metal spikes, plastic shoes, slippers, dress boots, ski/winter boots, skates/blades.
DO visit our new exhibit of 19th shoes discovered in the walls of a 19th century Madison house!


easter-bunny-cute-clipartChildren’s Craft – Wool Felted Easter Bunnies
Saturday, April 8
1 – 3 PM
$5 per child, includes admission to museum
Join one of our Museum Educators anytime between 1 – 3 PM to  learn about  the craft of wool felting.  Your child will also make an adorable wool Easter Bunny to take home.


de94b619328c5d43e7bb0652dfed1907_spring-break-clipart-spring-break-clipart-images_750-554Spring Break Crafts at METC
April 11 – April 14
11 AM – 3 PM
$5 per child, includes admission to museum
Register Online!
We are offering a variety of Spring Break Crafts in at METC during these days.  The fun is on-going from 11AM – 3PM with the schedule listed here:

Tuesday, April 11 – Origami Frogs: Learn the paper folding art of origami! Fun for Passover!

Wednesday, April 12 – Broom Making: learn how to make a miniature broom!

Thursday, April 13 – Wool Felting: learn the craft of wool felting and make a bunny to take home!

Friday, April 14 – Garden Pinwheels: paint and decorate a pinwheel for your garden!

Container Gardening with Beth Riley
Saturday, April 29
1 PM
$8/$5 for METC Members & Seniors
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Please join Beth Riley, owner of The Potted Garden, as she demonstrates Early Spring Container plantings. This class will share how containers can be used to accent an existing garden, dress up a doorway, or enhance a terrace. This early spring container demonstration shares examples of how containers can be used to fill bare spots in the sunny garden with a burst of color or lighten a shady nook with variegated foliage. Potted gardens offer all gardeners versatility and portability. During the demonstration, Ms. Riley will make five beautiful container gardens that will be available for sale after the program.

As proprietor of The Potted Garden, Ms. Riley develops comprehensive landscape plans for clients, creates gardens of distinction, and delights in reconstruction and rejuvenation of older gardens. She enjoys sharing her practical knowledge with new gardeners, one gardener at a time. More information and portfolio of Ms. Riley’s work can be found at

Rose ClipartA Love Affair with Roses: How Madison became the Rose City
Monday, May 20
2 PM
$8/$5 for METC Members & Seniors
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A member of the Madison Garden Club and Madison Historical Society, Cathie Coultas will offer unique insight into the history of the rose growing industry in Madison. A descendant of one of Madison’s legendary rose growing families, Cathie will bring her own personal history to the lovely story of our Rose City.