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9 Main Street
Madison , New Jersey 07940
United States of America

Contact Information:
Phone: 973-377-2982
Email: school@metc.org
Website: http://www.metc.org/

Tues.-Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
Fostering the understanding, cultivation, and appreciation of America’s past
by presenting and interpreting the history, culture, and lives of the inhabitants
of New Jersey from its earliest settlement through the present day.

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Exhibit open through February 23, 2018

We take artificial light for granted in our modern world. Our homes, offices, classrooms, and even our cell phones provide us with almost instantaneous light. But there was a time when creating safe, affordable, and easily accessible light was a dangerous and dirty business.

SPARK! The Explosive and Dirty History of Light, illuminates the 18th and 19th century experience with man-made light and tells the story of the dirty and sometimes explosive fuels that created that light.

The exhibit features antique and unusual lighting devices such as tin-punched lanterns, whale oil lamps, and early carbon filament light bulbs. It also explores the early electrical experiments that eventually led us to the safe and clean lighting of the 21st century. The ingenuity and technology in these devices demonstrate the challenges of simply lighting a home or business in early America, and make us appreciate the technology of today.


Untitled-1In keeping with our mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of America’s past … we have a number of permanent exhibits on both levels of the Museum.

On the main level, examine our exhibit featuring the activities of New Jersey farming families. Here you can encounter the diverse facets of agricultural life in the early 1800s.  You will also see a selection from our extensive collection of woodworker’s planes, and learn more about these indispensible hand tools.

PressOn the lower level, learn how tradesmen in small towns worked together to develop a bustling economy.

These exhibits illustrate the working lives of four circa 1850 local tradesmen

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