School Programs

At the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, we have a host of hands-on, engaging and curriculum-based programs exploring different aspects of New Jersey history, with a focus on the late 18th through mid-19th century.  These programs connect the past with the present, provide a deeper appreciation about how our current society developed, and help students understand what it means to be  21st-century citizens.

Our educators incorporate role-playing, critical thinking, cooperative learning and problem solving to help students develop these important skills in a less structured way.  Several of our programs also explore STEM topics, putting a historical spin on the science they learn in school.

All of these programs, available for students from pre-K through high school, can be presented at the museum or at your school and can be customized for your class or group’s needs.

Planning Your Program

  • Programs are 1½ to 2 hours in length.
  • Programs are available Tuesday through Friday, Monday by special arrangement.
  • Classroom teachers and chaperones must remain with their students during the sessions;
    one adult for every 10 children is recommended.
  • If you plan to let your students visit our Museum shop, please confirm when making your reservation.
  • The Museum does not have an indoor snack/lunch area but has ample outdoor space.
  • The Museum will make every effort to reschedule programs canceled due to inclement weather.
  • A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is required to secure your reservation.
  • No refunds will be made for programs canceled less than 2 weeks prior to the confirmed date.
  • Final confirmation of the number of participants must be made 5 days in advance.

Program Pricing

At METC: $10 per student (minimum of 10 students), no charge for chaperones/teachers.
Outreach: $250 for 1st group of 20-25 students. $200 for each additional group of 20-25 students on the same visit, plus the cost of travel.

Call our Education Department at 973-377-2982, ext 12 or email for more information or to schedule a program.

“Children were engaged and enthusiastic and were excited to have something to bring home with them.”

Mendham Township Elementary School

“The enthusiasm of the instructors was contagious! Hands-on project made the learning authentic. After the program the kids could not stop talking about how much they enjoyed the program.”

James Caldwell School, Springfield

The Museum is accessible in compliance with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  A ground-level entrance with an elevator allows barrier-free access to all public levels of the building.