The mission of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of America's past by presenting and interpreting the history, culture and lives of ordinary people through educational programs, through preservation and stewardship of our collection, and through exhibition and demonstration of the trades and crafts practiced in New Jersey from its earliest settlement.

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(973) 377-2982
The Museum is located at 9 Main Street (NJ Route 124 at Green Village Road) in the heart of Madison, NJ, about 28 miles west of New York City. We are easily reached from exit 35 of Interstate 287, or exit 7 of New Jersey Route 24. Written Directions and Map

We are two blocks west of the Madison train station on the New Jersey Transit Morris and Essex Line.
(973) 377-7358

Museum Hours



Monday Closed Adults


Tues - Sat 10 AM to 4 PM Children (6 and over), Students,
Seniors (62 and over)


Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM   Members,
Children (5 and under)


Maximum charge for a single family is $13

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METC gratefully acknowledges generous funding from:

Madison Rotary
Borough of Madison
F.M. Kirby Foundation
The Fatzler Foundation
Russell Investment Group
1772 Foundation

Hyde & Watson Foundation
Arts Council of the Morris Area
The Charles L. Read Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Investors Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Morris County Historic Preservation Trust

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


Happenings and Special Events

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new.gif New in the Museum Shop
Looking for gifts for friends and family? Stop in to check out
the Museum Shop. On sale are a variety of great items from
jewelry to toys. And we now carry a number of items handmade
by New Jersey artisans - unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.
For more information click HERE.
Exhibit Catalogs Published
The Museum is proud to announce the publication of the catalogs for our
last three exhibits. Go HERE for ordering information.
Calling All Collectors!
The Museum invites you to host a mini-exhibit of your treasures. Working
with a Museum Curator, you will display your objects in selected areas
of the Museum for 4 to 6 weeks.  Click on the above link for more information.
t4t.gif 2013-2014 Time 4 Tykes Schedule Announced 
Museum Events especially designed for our youngest visitors (ages 2 to 6)
school.gif Opportunities for Home-School Groups
Are you home-schooling your children?  METC may offer opportunities for you
individually or as members of a group. Click on the above link to explore what
possibilities may exist at the Museum for your children.
Support the Museum
Please consider supporting us by making a donation or becoming a member.
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Facility Rentals
Our home, the elegant James Library Building, is available for rental.
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Special Exhibits:

New Exhibit Opens February 25, 2014  Closes February 13,  2015
The American Revolution in New Jersey:
Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront
revflag.gifNew Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war.  This exhibitcanteen.gif explores the rarely told story of New Jersey’s farmers, women and tradesmen and their actions during the war.  Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between  revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops.
More information  HERE

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Shop for Museums program.
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Macaroni Kid A free weekly electronic newsletter and
website that focuses on kid-friendly
activities/events and articles for parents.

Madison High School
Look for "Hands on History" under
the Social Studies Department of MHS.

NJ's Great Northwest Skylands
Online visitors' guide.

Historical Maps of New Jersey
from Rutgers Cartography

A "Museum of Museums" whose goal
is to "eventually contain links to every
museum on the planet"
colguild.jpg The Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783 is a hereditary society established to honor the memory and skills of our Colonial Ancestors who were accomplished in the field of art or trades which strengthened the building of our Nation.

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Advocates for New Jersey History

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Morris County Visitors Center
What to see and do in Morris County,
including an events calendar

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16 Sept 2014