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Gilded Age

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Focus on New Jersey's first craftsmen and artisans

Explore 18th and 19th century American history with a focus on New Jersey craftsmen and artisans. This Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building was formerly a library, a gift to the people of Madison from wealthy financier D. Willis James in 1900.

The interior architectural features of the building include vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, stenciled and painted brick interiors, elaborate fireplaces, carved stone and wood detailing and a tower housing a working 1899 Seth Thomas clock. As for the exterior features, visitors like to count the many gargoyles that decorate the building.

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Drawing on its collection of more than 8,000 artifacts, the museum offers something for visitors of all ages. There are special exhibits and programming throughout the year and a gift shop with many interesting items for sale. The museum offers an outdoor concert series that attracts many local residents on summer Friday nights.


Hours and Fees:

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays during July and August.

Adults: $5/Children 6 and over, seniors over 62 and students $3/Members and children 5 and under are admitted for free. Maximum entrance fee per family is $13.00.

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts