Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

9 Main St * Madison * NJ 07940 T - Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 12 pm to 5pm | Closed Sun July and Aug

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.

Of Special Note:

  • Museum features changing exhibits that explore the different ways the people of New Jersey contributed to the progression of innovation and technology in Early America
  • Tour the permanent exhibits featuring Early New Jersey Families and the tools and technology of blacksmiths, woodworkers, shoe makers, distillers, coopers, cabinet makers and more
  • Young children can explore a playroom with toys and costumes of Early New Jersey
  • Free parking in Madison


Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960