MADISON, NJThe new exhibit, Spinning Tales: The Fabric of New Jersey, will open at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts on Tuesday, February 28th during Regular Museum Hours.

Why is an unmarried woman called a spinster?  Why does the weasel go pop?  What raises your hackles?  Find out in the Museum’s new exhibit, Spinning Tales: The Fabric of New Jersey.  Whether you’re on the spear side or the distal side of your family, if you’re on tenterhooks to discover the meanings and origins of these Early American words and phrases, this new exhibit is the answer.

Spinning Tales: The Fabric of New Jersey tells the story of Early America through the crafts of spinning and weaving, following the process from gathering the raw materials to preparing the materials, to working the materials, to fine finished products.  Visitors will have the opportunity to learn not only about the process of spinning, but about the average women who was skilled in the craft.

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Throughout the exhibit’s duration, various public programs, events and workshops will take place.

For more information visit our website at or call 973-377-2982.  Regular Admission.

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children, and free for Members.  Family maximum admission $13.00.  The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays.  (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Sunday & Monday)   

Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey.  Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country.  The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station.  For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at