The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts began in 1969 as a small private collection assembled by the museum’s founders, Edgar and Agnes Land. Today the museum displays 8,000 objects representative of over 40 crafts and trades (with concentrations in woodworking, metalworking, leather working, and textiles) all practiced in 18th and 19th century New Jersey. Permanent collections display the tools and technologies of New Jersey blacksmiths, woodworkers, shoemakers, distillers, coopers, carpenters and much more.
For nearly fifty years, METC has presented thoughtful and interpretive exhibitions and educational programming for the residents of New Jersey. The museum is in The James Library, a stunning Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building in the heart of Madison’s charming historic downtown. This 1899 building has vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, stenciled and painted brick interiors, elaborate fireplaces, carved stone and wood detailing and an elegant clock tower.
Of Special Note:
• The James Library’s stained glass windows feature famous quotes
• The clock tower was wound manually once a week from its installation in 1899 to its automation in 1990
Check out the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts current exhibits on our Ongoing-Exhibits page.