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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 or free tickets as well as the opportunity to make advance reservations for coveted tours. The exclusive Members reservation period for upcoming programs will begin at 9:00 a.m. on December 17 and extends through December 18. Remaining tickets will be available to non-members on December 19. Become a member today.

Members – please see our FAQs for more information about your benefits

Download Visitor Release Form here.

***Please note: Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend for any reason, 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.***

Gallery Talks

Join our knowledgeable Museum Educators 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.

MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS

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.

RAILROAD LANDSCAPES WITH JOHN SANDERSON

Fri, Jan 23, 2pm
Sat, Feb 14, 2pm

John Sanderson's large format contemporary photographs follow the path of the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad through both natural and built environments of New York State, capturing beauty and desolation in the landscape. Join Sanderson as he sheds light on his process and the story behind a selection of his featured photographs.

Public Programs

Transit Museum programs explore the history, ingenuity, and inner workings of the transit system that is the lifeblood of our region. Afterhours at the Transit Museum provides an extended opportunity to explore the museum and features panels and programs with experts from the MTA, Design, Urban Planning, and Engineering fields – all set against the backdrop of our 1936 decommissioned subway station.

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.

FIX AND FORTIFY: MTA SUCCESSES

AfterHours

March 3 – Tickets
$10/Free for Museum Members

6:30pm Problem Solvers
Transit blogger Ben Kabak of Second Ave. Sagas is back with his series of compelling one-on-one interviews with transit employees, urban leaders, innovators, and "problem solvers." This time he sits down with John O'Grady, an engineer with over 25 years' experience at the MTA and in capital construction. Together, they will explore the complexity of the Montague Tube R line repairs and the MTA's Fix & Fortify restorations – the most extensive and wide-ranging reconstruction effort in the agency's history.

7:30pm Artifacts from Superstorm Sandy
Get an exclusive look at some of the artifacts retrieved from Superstorm Sandy that are not part of the Museum's permanent collection. Our Collections team will delve into the process of retrieving and cataloging these items, and offer insight into the forthcoming MTA Responders exhibit debuting in Fall 2015.


FROM SPITTING TO SPREADING: SUBWAY ETIQUETTE THEN AND NOW

AfterHours

Tues, March 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Tickets
$10/Free for Museum Members

The MTA’s recent Courtesy Counts campaign targeting “manspreading” and other improper rider conduct has spurred international media coverage, celebrity cameos, blogs, and a heated debate about how to behave in public. Hear about the creation of the new campaign and its storied history from MTA Corporate Communications Chief Connie Depalma and Director of Graphics Rick Stewart.  Then, take an up-close look at original Subway Sun etiquette advertisements, dating back to the 1940s, from the Museum’s permanent collection.


A LASTING LEGACY: HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND THE MTA

AfterHours

Tues, March 24, 6:30-8:30pm – Tickets
$10/Free for Museum Members

6:30pm
New York City’s mass transit system includes a host of structures, stations, bridges, and tunnels that are protected under the city’s landmarks law, and more than 70 properties in the system are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. MTA Project Administrator Hollie Wells and Historic Preservationist Sara McIvor sit down together to discuss their experiences maintaining these properties, working on large-scale preservation efforts, and handling the unanticipated and exciting discoveries along the way. 

7:30pm
The preserved 1936 IND subway station that houses the Museum is our largest and most important historic artifact. The Court Street station was in operation from 1936 to 1946, and it was originally planned as a stop on the route of the new Second Avenue Subway. Join our Museum Educators for a behind-the-scenes look at the station’s significance and historic features, and explore the rest of the Museum on your own.

Presented in conjunction with 
New York’s Transportation Landmarks, part of the citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law.

PLATFORM: CREATIVE MUSINGS ON MASS TRANSIT


Wed, Apr 1, 6:30-8:30pm – Tickets
$15/$10 Museum Members

In this ongoing series celebrating the intricate choreography, engineering and impromptu interactions of the daily commute, artists and academics come together for one night to present their creative musings on mass transit. Selected submissions will be presented at the Transit Museum on this date. Submit a proposal online. For all you urbanists, historians, artists, and makers – have an idea? We'll give you a PLATFORM.

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Offsite Tours/Excursions

JEWEL IN THE CROWN: OLD CITY HALL STATION

*Members Only*

Sun, Feb 22, 1:30pm –Tickets
Sun, Feb 22, 3:30pm –Tickets
Sat, Mar 7, 1:30pm –Tickets
Sat, Mar 7, 3:30pm –Tickets
Sat, Apr 18, 1:30pm –Tickets
Sat, Apr 18, 3:30pm –Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

As a member of the Transit Museum you have the rare opportunity of exploring 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.

HIDDEN HISTORY: SUBSTATION 21 AND THE MYSTERIOUS TOWNHOUSE

*Members Only*

Sat, Mar 28, 10am –Tickets
Sun, Apr 12, 10am –Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

Explore the fascinating history of electricity and its crucial role in the development of the subway on this walking tour with long-time Museum guide and historian Robert W. Lobenstein, former General Superintendent of New York City Transit. Start at our Court Street Station home and learn about power up-close in the Museum's exhibit, ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails. Then, walk to 58 Joralemon Street and tour the inside of IRT Substation 21 to see what lies behind those mysterious blacked out windows.

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.

FULTON CENTER: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

*Members Only*

Sun, Feb 15, 1:30pm – Tickets
Sat, Mar 21, 1:30pm – Tickets

$35 Museum Members Only

Get the inside scoop on the sustainable systems put in place in this $1.4 billion capital project. Projjal Dutta, MTA's Director of Sustainable Initiatives, will lead you through the Fulton Center's spectacular new building and underground passageways to share insider information on the project and highlight the visible (and often-times invisible) materials and energy-efficient systems that make the Fulton Center environmentally-sustainable.

BEHIND THE SCENES: MOTHER CLARA HALE BUS DEPOT

Sat, Feb 7, 11am –Tickets
Sun, Mar 15, 11am –Tickets
$50/$35 Museum Members

Meet at the Transit Museum and hop on one of our vintage buses for a special trip to the newly opened Mother Clara Hale Depot in central Harlem – the first LEED certified bus terminal in the country. Explore interior areas designed for bus queuing, fueling, and revenue extraction and learn about the MTA's efforts to maintain a sustainable fleet with ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, hybrid-electric vehicles and other low-emissions technology.

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.

GHOSTS OF THE ELEVATED: A WALKING TOUR

New!

Sun, Mar 22, 2pm –Tickets
Sat, Apr 25, 2pm –Tickets
$35/$25 Museum Members

Long before the underground tunnels of the subway opened, Elevated railway lines rose above the busy streets of New York City, offering commuters a swift travel alternative to the traffic below. Though many of the elevated railways are gone, the construction of these lines in the 1870s established the business and residential neighborhoods that define this City today. On this special walking tour of the Bowery and Lower East Side, Michael Morgenthal takes you on a "ghost hunt" of places and spaces – Chatham Square, the Mooney House, Manhattan Railway Station No. 5, to name a few— defined by the El.

Family Programs

View the current Children's Calendar. For more information on these and other family programs please call 718-694-1792.

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Access Programs

SPECIAL DAY FOR SPECIAL KIDS

Children with disabilities and their families can come to the Museum an hour before it is open for the public. FREE admission, fun activities about transit, music, dancing, and a quiet room are offered. Our next Special Day for Special Kids will take place on February 8th, from 10am to 12pm. Register here>>

TOURS FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

Customized tours are offered for adults with developmental and/or learning disabilities. Learn more information and sign up for a tour here.

SUBWAY SLEUTHS

Subway Sleuths is a program offered for 2nd-5th grade students on the autism spectrum who have a passion for trains and transit and can use their language to share experiences and interests. Please e-mail or call 718-694-1823 for more information.

SCHOOL VISITS FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

We offer customized tours that meet the learning needs of your students. To learn more about bringing your students to the Museum, please visit our Teacher Resource Center.

TRAVEL TRAINING

Offered for adults and students with developmental and/or learning disabilities, this program is an introduction to independent subway travel in the safe environment of our subway station museum. Learn more information and sign up for Travel Training here.

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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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