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On-going Exhibits & Contests

Morris Museum- A Smithsonian Affiliate

April 2021,  public hours are weekends ONLY.

11-5 on Saturday, and Noon-5 on Sunday

(with the 11AM hour for members only).


Threads of Consciousness: The Tapestries of Jon Eric Riis

November 20, 2020- May 2, 2021

Contemporary tapestry artist Jon Eric Riis is internationally acclaimed for his opulent work in woven silk and metallic thread, often embellished with pearls, gemstone beads, and crystals. Art history, religion, non-western cultures, and topical issues serve as sources of inspiration for his handwoven narratives that strike a balance between social commentary and virtuoso craftsmanship.



May 18, 2020 -February 23, 2021

The term dissonance describes the tension that arises from the arrangement of discordant elements, which can enrich our appreciation of harmony through added color and complexity. While dissonance is most fundamentally understood as a musical quality, the tension and restlessness it implies can be expressed visually, verbally, or performatively. Parallels to musical dissonance in other creative practices may be seen in the treatment of color, the choice of materials, the construction of texture, the juxtaposition of words, the choreography of movement, or the topic of reference.

Inspired by this concept, the exhibition Dissonance—Art | Craft | Design | Performance | New Media: The 2020 New Jersey Arts Annual features 59 works by 35 artists that encompass qualities of “discord, tension, instability, and conflict,” thought to “aptly fit the moment in which we find ourselves (during the COVID-19 crisis), as individuals, as institutions, as a nation, as a culture.” The tensions of diversity, geography, and history indicate that our collective future—of our world, our nation, our state and its citizens—remain tantalizingly malleable. The work chosen for this exhibition demonstrate how creative thinking grows from uncertainty, challenges the status quo, and aspires toward artistic revelation.


A Cache of Kinetic Art: Tiny Intricacies

March 13, 2020  – January 10, 2021 

Free – $12

The contemporary mechanical works in Tiny Intricacies may be small in size but they are designed to delight and surprise. These intricately-crafted treasures are installed alongside several 19th century novelty pieces from the Guinness Collection that are known as “precious smalls.” Innovative in design and whimsical in nature, they embody the spirited sense of imagination and curiosity of artists from the past and the present. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Will and Mary Leland.  All admission tickets must be purchased in advance. Book your visit at or call 973.971.3700

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts 

METC is a history museum specifically about New Jersey and the people who lived and worked here from the colonial era through the age of industrialization. And as such, we explore, interpret and help our visitors understand the history and culture of the past and how it impacts our lives today. We are fortunate to have a robust collection of artifacts from which we can craft a story and create interpretive and informative exhibits that fulfill our mission.

The Museum features a number of permanent exhibits, described below. We also mount special exhibits in our Main Gallery, which rotate approximately twice a year. There is always something new to see here at METC – please stay tuned for what is coming up next!

Working the Land: Life, Family & Change in Early 1800s New Jersey

This is METC’s newest exhibit, installed Spring 2019.  This exhibit tells the stories of those men and women who lived in New Jersey during the early 1800’s, exploring the tools and strategies that helped the people of the time meet the challenges of working the land. One of the focal points is discussions about “moments of change” which include new technologies, innovations, adaptations and breakthrough inventions that would eventually alter people’s lives.

Working with award winning exhibit designers, graphic artists, master millworkers and technicians, the new exhibit presents a story of daily life, struggle, ingenuity, families, hard work, and the human connection to the earth.

Explore our exhibit online! Click here to take 3-D tour of Working the Land: Life, Family & Change in Early 1800s New Jersey.



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