• Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Closed Monday, and on Sundays in July and August
  • Guided tours offered by appointment
  • Educational programs available to students in Pre-K through High School
  • Community classes, lectures, and events offered throughout the year
  • ADA accessible
  • Museum store on site
  • Restrooms on site
  • Street parking
  • Adults - $5
  • Students - $3
  • Seniors - $3
  • Children - $3
  • Guided tours - $8 per person
  • Members, active military, and children under 6 - Free

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940


The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (METC) is a history museum working to tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in New Jersey from the colonial era through the age of industrialization. Its exhibits explore and interpret the history and culture of the past, helping visitors understand how it impacts our lives today. The museum boasts over 8,000 tools and artifacts used in New Jersey before 1860. In addition to this robust collection, the museum also features informative exhibits, including both permanent exhibits and bi-annual rotating exhibits in the Main Gallery. Visitors will marvel at the historic James Library Building in which the museum lives. Built in 1899, the remarkable Richardsonian Romanesque building provides a beautiful backdrop for museum exhibits and programs, and is listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.


  • Learn about early colonial era history by exploring exhibits and artifacts
  • Explore the museum’s permanent exhibit on Working the Land: Life, Family & Change in Early 1800s New Jersey
  • Check out an exhibit on tools used by local tradesmen, including a cooper, distiller, cabinetmaker, shoemaker, printer and blacksmith
  • Learn about the historic James Library Building
  • View the rotating sidewalk gallery exhibit in the Educational Annex across the street at 23 Main Street

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