METC Calendar

METC Calendar of Events

Call METC for more information about these and other events.

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!



$1 off Admission for Paint the Town Yellow!
Tuesday, March 21 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
All Day
METC supports Paint the Town Yellow! This town-wide celebration of the International Day of Happiness (March 20th) has the goal of shining a light on important issue of depression. During the week of March 21 – March 26, wear yellow to METC and receive $1 off general admission. METC has adopted three pieces of optimistic art that guests can view during their tour of the museum. The art will be displayed until May 2017. For more information about Paint the Town Yellow, go to


NJ Makers DayNJ Makers Day
Saturday, March 25
10 AM – 2 PM
Included with paid admission to museum
METC is a NJ Makers Day site! This statewide event celebrates, promotes, and introduces “Maker Culture” a growing movement that encourages tinkering, science, technology, art, and math. METC will celebrate with a variety of hands-on projects for children of all ages. Tyler Merson of Codfish Park Design will lead a workshop on making handcrafted wooden tool kits and our education staff will present hands-on demonstrations of simple machines. Guests can also tour METC, a museum dedicated to the history of early trades and craftsman technology, the origin of the current “Maker culture.” More information about NJ Makers Day can be found at


Children’s EventStuffed Animal Sleepover
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Friday, March 31
4-5 p.m.
Ages 3-6 – $5 per participant (includes admission to METC)
Register Online!

One of our favorite and popular events!! Bring your stuffed animals to METC for crafts, treats and stories. Tuck them in for the night and return on Saturday, April 1st to see what hi-jinks the animals got into during their night at our Museum!  REGISTER ONLINE at or call 973-377-2982 ext. 12 for more information!

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!

Herb Garden GardeningContainer Gardening with Beth Riley
Saturday, April 29
1 PM
$8/$5 for METC Members & Seniors
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As part of our exhibit related public program series, Beth Riley (who created METC’s own Griffin Garden) and proprietor of The Potted Garden, will conduct a tutorial on Container Gardens. Container plantings can accent an existing garden, dress up a doorway, or be used to create an entire garden or terrace. Join us for this informative and interactive gardening event!


Rose ClipartA Love Affair with Roses: How Madison became the Rose City
Monday, May 20
2 PM
$8/$5 for METC Members & Seniors
Register Online!

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.