Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison

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Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country. The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.
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  • We really enjoyed the exhibits. They were well laid out and clearly described. Don’t forget to check out the building itself. The stained glass windows and ornately carved woodwork is worth a visit it...  more »
  • This is a small museum in a beautiful building that was originally a library. The building itself is worth seeing as an example of late victorian architecture. The artifacts are well displayed and eve...  more »
  • Amazing place in Madison NJ! Must see! Building itself is piece of art. Exhibits are very interesting and educational not only for kids but for adults too. A lot of exhibits are hands on. Staff is wonderful! So pleasant and helpful. I don't recall such a good trade collection even in New York museums. Worth to spend money on admission.
  • A small but mighty museum that focuses on the people who literally built New Jersey, the skilled trades & crafts people. When you are surrounded by so many political historical sites & museums, this is a breath of fresh air to shift your thoughts to the real, everyday Americans. They also constantly ask the questions that make you think, "Are there ways that *I* do things that make a difference to the community around me?" The information is presented so beautifully that one could walk through and not even notice the stunning 1899 building. This was a library?! Wow! You just need to go experience it yourself.

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