MADISON, NJ – After closing its doors to the public on March 16, 2020 in adherence to state guidelines and to protect the health and safety of its visitors and staff, The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) will be re-opening by reservation only on Tuesday, August 4,2020.
To monitor attendance and safety, no walk-in visitors are available at this time. Additionally, METC has enacted new safety measures including social distancing guidelines, hand sanitizing stations, and cleaning protocols.
Reservations for groups of 10 and under can be made for Tuesdays through Saturday 10am, 12pm, or 2pm only and must be made 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation, call 973-377-2982 ext.13 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment. Your reservation is only confirmed after an METC staff member has confirmed with your group. METC asks that any visitors who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 not visit the museum and consult with their healthcare provider.
During this first phase of re-opening, METC’s galleries, museum store, and visitor center will be open to the public. The Children’s Room and select interactive stations will be temporarily closed. Cleaning will be enhanced throughout the museum including frequent disinfecting in high traffic areas and rest rooms. In accordance with state guidelines, all staff, volunteers, and visitors will be required to wear face masks, and complimentary face masks are available at the front desk upon request.
When the museum re-opens, the Main Gallery Exhibit, Surveying the New Jersey Landscape will continue to be on display through the fall. This exhibit explores New Jersey’s beautiful and varied landscapes that offers its residents many reasons to celebrate and features historic maps, surveying tools, and other accounts that provide us with a unique lens through which we can better understand and honor our relationship with this precious land. The museum’s education staff is looking forward to hosting in person Summer Enrichment Camps for children, and we are eager to offer our annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series sponsored by Madison’s Downtown Development Commission. METC will also continue to offer engaging virtual programming and online content for those at home.
A new mini exhibit, courtesy of the New York Historical Society will be installed in the windows of our Education Annex across from our main museum building at the end of July. This small poster exhibit, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, chronicles the achievements and setbacks African Americans faced from the end of slavery in 1865 to the end of World War I in 1919. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is proud to present these materials as a resource highlighting the role African Americans played in advocating for their rights during this critical 50-year period in American history, and more. This exhibit is being presented so that it can be viewed from the sidewalk in front of the Education Annex and will be accessible to everyone.
The health and safety of the entire METC community continues to be the museum’s top priority. METC will continue to monitor information from federal, state, and borough officials related to COVID-19. Changes to the museum’s operation may change at any time.
For more information please visit www.metc.org/reopening.
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