$5 for Four Admissions to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison

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In a Nutshell

  • History of American trade
  • Rotating exhibits
  • Housed in ornate building
  • Great for all ages

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History museums' acquisitions always instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with today's Groupon: for $5, you get four admissions to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison (up to a $20 value).

The Museum of Early Trade and Crafts displays fascinating exhibits and artifacts to give history buffs a thorough glimpse into New Jersey’s eclectic working past. Currently, the museum is hosting an in-depth exhibit entitled Mariners, Merchants & Pirates, providing a look at seafaring life without obsessed captains pressuring visitors to find a white narwhal. Permanent exhibits illustrate how individual crafts contributed to bustling yesteryear economies such as farming, shoemaking, and distilling. As you explore, the museum’s friendly, knowledgable staff can guide you through the museum or answer labor-related queries. Housed in the recently restored James Library building, the building itself is a historical artifact, inviting guests to feel like America’s first absolute monarchs as they marvel at its stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings.

Reviews

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts has been featured by NJSkylands.com and Madison Patch:

  • The museum is located in a beautifully restored building that features 56 stained glass windows, 8 chandeliers, 3 fireplaces and stenciled brick walls. – Madison Patch

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Step into the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and it's as if the Industrial Revolution never happened. The museum focuses on the life of farmers, builders, and other tradesman of the United State's pre-industrial age. The main floor thrusts visitors into the world of New Jersey farming families from the early 1800s to provide in-depth information about these peoples' lives as well as showcase woodworkers' planks and various hand tools. The lower level, meanwhile, celebrates the working lives of four tradesman from 1850, including a shoemaker and a distiller. While these permanent displays stand as time capsules of a bygone area, a special exhibit space rotates its features regularly. Only a small portion of the museum's artifacts is on display at a time, but visitors can make an appointment to see items from the full collection, which totals more than 8800 artifacts from 21 different trades.

Even without the artifacts, the museum stands as a piece of history, as it's housed within The James Library Building. The building was finished in 1900 and contains stained glass windows, carved stone and wood detailing, and vaulted ceilings that make it the perfect setting to imagine life before Henry Ford invented his flying car.

Customer Reviews

The staff is very friendly. I felt very warmly welcomed with my 4 year old daughter. She loved the fact that she could open the drawers and touch the items inside. The play room was very nice as well. They have items there that kids see in the exhibits, such as the sad iron. It was a wonderful visit!
Angie B. · January 22, 2016
Mr. Andrew greeted us at the door, showed us around, gave us insightful information and even presented our children with a great craft! Such a beautiful place to take the family!
Tara · August 22, 2014
it was nice small museum, I would surely recommend
Farhana S. · March 22, 2012
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