Venue Rentals

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts offers members, organizations, and corporations the opportunity to host an intimate event, gathering, or meeting in a beautifully handcrafted building.

The Historic James Library, home to the Museum since its founding in 1969, was built in 1899 by D. Willis James and served the community as the public library for over 60 years.  Built in the Richardson Romanesque Revival style, the building has beautiful stained glass windows, finely detailed woodwork, and three elaborately decorated fireplaces. It was restored to its original elegance in 1997 and incorporates exhibits on community life before the rise of large-scale industrialization.

Renters have access to both levels of the Museum and can enjoy the magnificence of the building as well as the current exhibits.  The Museum contains objects of significant historic, artistic, and financial value. All uses must be consistent with the preservation of the property and the Museum’s collection, must not detract from the public image of the Museum and must be in accordance with these guidelines.  All organizations or individuals desiring to use the facility should complete the Venue Reservation Request Form. Staff will respond back with pricing and coordinate a time to view the Museum. You may also contact the Assistant Director, Operations at or 973-377-2982 ext. 13 for more information.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings, METC is not able to host events larger than 25 people indoors (including event staff). METC monitors the most up to date requirements and restrictions as the situation evolves, thank you for your understanding.