Public Makerspaces

A photo of the Milwaukee Makerspace by Pete Prodoehl

Currently, makerspaces are taking off everywhere, there might even be one near you!  Some makerspaces operate under a mechanic where members pay dues to keep the doors open.  Other makerspaces receive their funding from other sources allowing the public to drop by, free of charge.  Either way, these spaces are filled with life-long learners and creative folks who just want to get together to make things.  If you don't see a public makerspace on the list below near you, you can always check the member-supported makerspaces.  Alternatively, if you're feeling really adventurous, you could look at what it would take to start one of your own.

Public Makerspaces in New Jersey

Newark Museum Workshop & Makerspace

Special workshops for teens ages 13 to 18. Work one-on-one with professional artists, experiment with new techniques, discover new connections between art and science.

Piscataway Library MIY

Just opened!  Make It Yourself in Piscataway has Arduino, 3D printing 3D scanning, music production, textiles, and robot kits.

Studio M at Monroe Township Public Library

Stop by Studio M at the Monroe Public Library to see demonstrations of the 3D printer, heat press, button maker, music creation, photo editing and arduino programming.

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What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

Looking for specific equipment?

If you're looking for a specific piece of equipment, you can probably find it at our equipment database.