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Museum of Early Trades & Crafts gallery
Explore 18th and 19th century American history with a focus on New Jersey craftsmen and artisans. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located in a stunning Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building, formerly Madison’s first public library. Donated by wealthy financier D. Willis James in 1900, the James Library building features vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, stenciled and painted brick interiors, elaborate fireplaces, carved stone and wood detailing and a tower housing a 1899 Seth Thomas clock. The museum is in the heart of the charming historic downtown business district of Madison, which features historic buildings, boutique shopping, and fine dining. During the summer, the museum offers a free outdoor concert series on Friday nights.
For nearly fifty years, METC has presented thoughtful and interpretive exhibitions, informative programs for families and adults as well as educational programming for children in New Jersey. METC began as a small private collection of objects assembled by the Museum’s founders, Edgar and Agnes Land in 1969. Today these 8,000 objects represent over forty crafts and trades, with concentrations in woodworking, metalworking, leather working, and textiles all practiced in early New Jersey.
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