Calendar of Events
Programs and Excursions through December 2014
- Free Tours at the Museum
- Free Tours at the Grand Central Annex
- Off-Site Tours/Excursions
- Children's Programs
- Download Visitor Release Form
- Become a Member
- General Museum Info
- New York Transit Museum homepage
Explore with us! Learn about transit past and present, explore the new Fulton Center, and hop on our vintage cars for a Nostalgia Ride. Transit Museum members receive discounted tickets as well as the opportunity to make advance reservations and pay reduced member fees for coveted tours. The exclusive Members reservation period for September – December tours will begin at 9:00 a.m. on August 20 and extends through August 21. Remaining tickets will be available to non-members on August 22. Become a member today.
Members – please see our FAQs for more information about your benefits
***Please note: Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Tickets for Members Only tours are only available to current NYTM members. No refunds will be given to non-members who purchase tickets.
Programs are subject to change without notice. In the case of a program cancellation, the museum will issue a voucher equal to the dollar amount paid, valid for one year, redeemable for another scheduled program.***
Free Tours at the Museum
Join our knowledgeable Museum Interpreters and featured guests for in-depth, guided tours at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn. These on-site tours on Saturdays and Sundays are free with admission.
Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Let our experts guide you through the dramatic story of the building of New York's subway system, the evolution of the City's surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.
THE VERRAZANO BRIDGE
Fri, Dec 5, 2:00 p.m.
Sat, Dec 13, 2:00 p.m.
This engineering marvel connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn opened 50 years ago, and at the time of its completion was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Join MTA Bridges and Tunnels Archivist Mary Hedge for a tour of the exhibit's stunning photographs and objects, which document the planning, construction, and builders of the Verrazano Bridge.
Free Tours at the Grand Central Annex
Tours take place the Transit Museum Gallery Annex located at Grand Central Terminal, just off the main concourse in the Shuttle Passage, adjacent to the Station Masters' Office. Admission to the Annex is free.
TRAVELING IN THE WORLD OF TOMORROW: THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION AT NEW YORK'S WORLD'S FAIRS
Wed, Oct 8, 12:30 p.m.
Thurs, Oct 16, 12:30 p.m.
Travel back in time to imagine what the future of transportation looked like at the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs. Exhibition Curator Rob Del Bagno will lead a tour of the exhibit and explore how the automobile, the space race, and corporations influenced the fairs and shaped the predictions of travel in the future.
Transit Museum programs explore the history, ingenuity, and inner workings of the transit system that is the lifeblood of our region. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and take place at the Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.
WRITING WORKSHOP WITH NY WRITERS COALITION
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
6-part workshop, Sept 10 through Oct 29
Free with admission (Seniors free every Wednesday!)
Enrollment limited; please call 718-694-1867 to reserve.
The Museum teams up with NY Writers Coalition to offer a 6-part series of intimate, creative writing workshops held in our vintage train cars, dating all the way back to 1903. Draw inspiration from bygone days, when air-conditioning was just a pipedream and straphangers actually had a strap to hang on to. All levels of writing experience are welcome and work will be written and shared in a supportive environment led by a workshop leader who is certified by NY Writers Coalition.
BUS RAPID TRANSIT: SOLUTIONS FOR OUTER BOROUGH TRAVEL
Wed, Sept 10, 6:30 p.m. - Tickets
Up on the streets, Bus Rapid Transit is shortening commutes for thousands of New Yorkers and providing increased access across the City's Boroughs. In this roundtable discussion, Streetsblog, the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Transit Museum team-up to consider proposed plans for line expansion, and the design and implementation of new routes.
POWER PLAY: STEAMPUNK AND THE TRANSIT SYSTEM
Thu, Oct 2, 7:00 p.m.
$35/$25 Museum Members – Tickets on sale in early September
Head back in time and explore the Transit Museum after hours as we examine the marvel of engineering that transformed the city from steam to electric at the dawn of the twentieth century. Explore one-of-a-kind items from the Museum of Interesting Things and the Transit Museum's own collections, sip on specialty cocktails, and prepare for a night of retro-futuristic wonder. In partnership with Atlas Obscura and the Museum of Interesting Things.
SO MUCH TO DO: A CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD RAVITCH AND ANDREA BERNSTEIN
Thurs, Oct 9, 7:00 p.m.- Tickets
In this special evening program, former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch sits down with WNYC Senior Editor Andrea Bernstein to discuss the change-making power of government and his legacy in this field. From Chairman of the MTA (1979-1983), to developing over 40,000 units of affordable housing, to a mayoral race, Ravitch has seen it all – join us as he shares fascinating insights from his new book, So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises. Book signing to follow program.
NEW YORK POWER: AN EVENING WITH JOE CUNNINGHAM
Wed, Oct 15, 6:30 p.m. - Tickets
Author and historian Joe Cunningham discusses his recent book, New York Power, which tells the story of the innovation and creative engineering necessary to electrify New York City and make it the metropolis that it became. Book signing to follow program.
THE MTA'S NEXT BIG THING: FULTON CENTER
Wed, Oct 29, 6:30 p.m.
$10/$5 Museum Members - Tickets
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Mahadev Raman were key players in the design and construction of downtown's new Fulton Center, which, in its artistry and functionality, rivals the great transportation buildings of the past. In this lively discussion you'll hear about the challenges, solutions, and finesse needed to build New York's newest world class transportation center, and restore the 19th century Corbin building that adjoins it.
INSIDE THE ARCHIVES: TELL A TALE OF TRANSIT TOTEM
Wed, Nov 12, 6:30 p.m. - Tickets
Transit artifacts can sometimes glimmer like icons (the token, a lit station globe) and sometimes be shrouded in forgotten or antiquated purpose (Bend-o? a scleroscope?). Join our archives and collections staff for an evening of creative interpretation, writing and storytelling as we imagine the history and provenance of objects from the Museum's extensive permanent collection. Then, brave the open mic to tell your tale!
FROM A NICKEL TO A TOKEN: AN EVENING WITH ANDREW J. SPARBERG
Wed, Dec 10, 6:30 p.m. - Tickets
Join author, transit historian, and retired Long Island Rail Road manager Andrew J. Sparberg as he discusses his new book, From a Nickel to a Token. The book chronicles the fascinating microhistory of New York's transit system and examines twenty specific events between 1940 and 1968, book-ended by subway unification and the creation of the MTA. Book signing to follow program.
STATEN ISLAND BY BICYCLE
Sat, Sept 13, 11am – 3:00 p.m.- Tickets
$25/$20 Museum Members
Hop on a two wheeler with Staten Island Historian and former Transit Museum Senior Curator Charles Sachs for a "Tour-du-Staten Island" in celebration of the Verrazano Bridge and its 50th anniversary. Start at the Staten Island Ferry and head down along the water to Fort Wadsworth and the anchorage of the bridge – some of the best views in the whole city! Stop off along the way for visits to the Alice Austen House and a special behind-the-scenes tour of the forts along the Narrows. End up at the beach boardwalk for a quick bite and then the ride back to the ferry. Bring your own bicycle and a picnic lunch.
THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN: OLD CITY HALL STATION - SOLD OUT!
Sun, Oct 12, 1:30 p.m. - Tickets
Sun, Oct 12, 3:30 p.m. - Tickets
Sat, Nov 15, 11:30 a.m. - Tickets
Sat, Nov 15, 1:30 p.m. - Tickets
Sat, Nov 15, 3:30 p.m. - Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only
Transit Museum members have the rare opportunity to explore this decommissioned subway station with its elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves. You will feel transported back to 1904, a time when the subway's opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride. Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must sign a release and provide a copy of a government-issued ID.
Visit New York City Transit's only locale for sign production and learn about its fascinating history. Opened over 60 years ago to service 122 trolley coaches (trackless trolleys) and renovated when trolley coach service ended in Brooklyn in 1960, the building was redesigned to service trucks and other work vehicles and to house the Sign Shop, along with the Tin and Carpentry Shops.
The World's Fair celebrations continue! Transit historian Andrew Sparberg addresses the rich history and unusual transit story of Flushing Meadows' two World's Fairs in 1939 and 1964. Explore how the subways and Long Island Rail Road served both Fairs with dedicated train service and take a guided walk around the site that twice brought the world to Queens.
Explore a buried relic of the streetcar era on this exclusive tour of the former Williamsburg Bridge Railway Terminal. Delancey Underground has proposed reclaiming this site as a subterranean park. Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must sign a release and provide a copy of a government-issued ID.
GHOULS, GOBLINS AND GHOST TRAINS: A RIDE TO WOODLAWN CEMETERY
Sat, Oct 25, 4:00 p.m. - Tickets
$35/$20 Adult /Child Museum Members
Venture uptown on our WWI-era IRT subway cars to explore the (very) old haunts of Woodlawn Cemetery. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy amidst the beautiful fall foliage and embark on a classic twilight tour exploring the unsolved mysteries and untimely endings of the cemetery's more infamous residents. In collaboration with Woodlawn Conservancy.
TRANSIT WALK: BAY RIDGE
Sat, Nov 8, 2:00 p.m.- Tickets
$15/$10 Museum Members
Our ever curious Museum Educators lead a series of Transit Walks through the Boroughs, examining transportation one neighborhood at a time. This fall, head down to Bay Ridge for stunning views of the Verrazano Bridge – celebrating its 50th anniversary – and explore the deeper transit history of the BMT line extension and the Dutch neighborhood once known as "Yellow Hook."
View the current Children's Calendar. For more information on these and other family programs please call 718-694-1792.
General Museum Information
Other Notes on Museum Tours: Many of our tours take you behind the scenes to visit areas generally restricted to the public. In order for the Museum to obtain security clearance to bring you to these locations, you may be required to sign a visitor-release form and/or provide a copy of a government-issued ID which will be reviewed by the NYPD.
Unless otherwise noted, reservations and advance payment are required for all ticketed events. Tours are generally not appropriate for young children or babies in strollers. Children must be at least 10 years of age to attend a shop or substation tour, Trolley Ghosts, and Old City Hall.
Photography and video recording are usually permitted. Tripods and stands my not be used. All photographs taken are for personal use only. Permission to photograph may be revoked at any time.
Events and tours are subject to change without notice. In case of a program or reservation cancellation, the Museum will issue a voucher equal to the dollar amount paid; valid for one year; and redeemable for any other scheduled program.
Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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