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Explore with us! Learn about transit past and present, explore the Landmarks of Lower Manhattan, 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 10:00 a.m. on August 12 and extends through August 13. Remaining tickets will be available to non-members on August 14. Become a member today.

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

Gallery Talks

Join our knowledgeable Museum Educators and featured guests for in-depth, guided tours at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn and at the Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal.

MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS
Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn

Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm and 3pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join our expert Museum Educators on a dramatic journey through 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.


SUBWAY ADVERTISING THROUGH THE AGES
Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn
Friday, May 8, 2pm
Saturday, May 9, 3pm
Friday, May 15, 2pm
Sunday, May 17, 3pm
Free with Museum Admission

Wander through our vintage subway and elevated cars and discover the Transit Museum’s permanent collection of subway advertisements – dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s. Our enthusiastic Museum Educators dig into the legacy of Ivy Lee’s Subway Sun series, wartime public service campaigns, the popularity of Etti-Cat, and inspiration for many of today’s iconic advertisements.


TRANSPORTATION LANDMARKS
Grand Central Terminal Gallery Annex

Friday, May 29, 12:30-1:30pm
Friday, June 19, 12:30-1:30pm
Free! No RSVP required

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York’s Landmarks Law, our Curatorial team highlights the city’s most famous and least known historic transportations structures including train terminals, subways, airports, ferry and pier buildings, bridges, and landscaped parkways.  Join us on your lunch break!

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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.


CAMP WANNA-CATACHA-TRAIN
*AfterHours*

CAMP WANNA-CATCHA-TRAIN: A GROWNUP NIGHT OF CRAFTS & SUMMER FUN
Tuesday, August 11, 6:30pm -
Tickets
$10/Free for Museum Members

The Transit Museum invites you to relive your adolescence underground for an adults-only evening of hands on mosaic tiling, scavenger hunts, guided meditation, tug-o-war trivia, and micro-tours of our collection.  Sip on some bug juice and get your craft on as you explore our decommissioned subway station after hours. Ticket includes a beer. 21+


Platform

PLATFORM: CREATIVE MUSINGS ON MASS TRANSIT
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30pm - Tickets
$15/$10 for 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. For all you urbanists, historians, artists, and makers – have an idea? We’ll give you a PLATFORM. Must be 21+.



BUS FESTIVAL!
Sunday, September 27, 11am – 6pm - FREE
Boerum Place between State Street & Atlantic Ave
At Atlantic Antic

Beep! Beep! Join us for the 22nd annual Bus Festival! Explore our vintage fleet of buses and surface transportation vehicles, participate in hands-on activities for kids, shop for bus-
related gifts and transit memorabilia.

$1 admission to the Museum all day. Museum closes at 5pm with last admission at 4:30pm.


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Nostalgia Rides

Orchard Beach

ORCHARD BEACH BY RAIL AND BUS
Saturday, August 8, 11am – Tickets
$50/$25 Adult/Child
$35/$20 Adult/Child Museum Members

Our WWI-era IRT subway cars are headed for some sun and surf at a classic Nostalgia Ride destination - Pelham Bay Park and the only public beach in the Bronx - Orchard Beach! Ride in style on our one-day getaway to the largest park in New York City. The park boasts a 13-mile coastline, 19th century country house, nature trails, playgrounds and more! Stay at the beach, or hop on our fleet of vintage buses and head over to City Island for seafood and sea views.


Woodlawn Cemetery
EVENING RIDE TO WOODLAWN CEMETERY
Saturday, October 24, 4pm - Tickets
$50/$25 Adult/Child
$35/$20 Adult/Child Museum Members

Venture uptown on our WWI-era IRT Subway cars for an evening ride to explore the old haunts of Woodlawn Cemetery. During a 2-hour layover, join a guided tour amongst the Cemetery’s most infamous jazz musicians, suffragists, civic leaders and business moguls that “reside” here. In collaboration with Woodlawn Conservancy. Bring your own picnic dinner and a flashlight.

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Offsite Tours/Excursions

Jewel in the Crown
Sold Out!
JEWEL IN THE CROWN: OLD CITY HALL STATION
Thursday, October 8, 6pm- Tickets
Sunday, October 18, 1:30pm - Tickets
Sunday, October 18, 4pm - Tickets
Wednesday, October 21, 6pm- Tickets
Saturday, November 7, 1:30pm - Tickets
Saturday, November 7, 4pm - Tickets
Saturday, December 12, 1:30pm - Tickets
Saturday, December 12, 4pm - Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

As a member of the Transit Museum you can 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.


Transportation Landmarks
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TRANSPORTATION LANDMARKS: ROOSEVELT ISLAND TREASURES

Sunday, September 20, 2pm - Tickets
Saturday, October 31, 2pm - Tickets
$35 Museum Members Only

Originally built in 1892 as a work lab for City Hospital, Strecker Memorial Laboratory is one of many structures (and stories!) that make up the fascinating history of Roosevelt Island. The landmarked Romanesque Revival style building is now home to an MTA power conversion substation.  Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy takes us soaring over the East River on the Tramway and shares background about the Island, the landmarked exteriors of the Strecker Memorial Laboratory and the former Smallpox Hospital, and Four Freedoms Park.


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E180th St Station & Shop
EAST 180TH STREET STATION AND MAINTENANCE SHOP
Sunday, November 22, 11am - Tickets
Saturday, December 5, 11am - Tickets
$40 Museum Members Only

In 2012, East 180th Street Station underwent a $66.5 million rehabilitation project including platform restoration, ADA access, and tile work restoration. Join Architect Lee Harris Pomeroy for highlights and an exploration of the building’s soaring arches, replica clock, and the façade’s plaque topped with the head of Mercury, the Roman god of transportation.  Then, head over to the 180th Street Maintenance Shop for a look at the mechanics and technical specs of a subway car with Superintendent Joseph Tassiello.

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.


7 Line Extension-34th Street-Hudson Yard

Sold Out!
7 LINE EXTENSION: 34TH STREET - HUDSON YARDS

Sunday, October 11, 2pm - Tickets
Saturday, November 14, 2pm - Tickets
$35/$25 Museum Members

Explore the soon to open 7 Line station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue – the newest extension of the IRT Flushing Line. MTA Senior Directors for the 7 Line Extension Project guide us through some of the highlights: a custom built inclinator elevator, temperature control hub points, and other green technology utilized in the construction of this modern station located more than 10 stories below ground.  Then, brush up on the industrial and rail history of Hudson Yards and the once active freight and Amtrak lines that crisscrossed the far West Side with historian and long-time Museum volunteer Andrew J. Sparberg.


Ghosts of the Elevated

GHOSTS OF THE ELEVATED: A WALKING TOUR
Sunday, September 13, 1pm - Tickets
Saturday, October 17, 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. 


Transit Walk

TRANSIT WALK: CARROLL STREET BRIDGE AND GOWANUS
Thursday, September 3, 6pm -
Tickets
Saturday, September 12, 2pm - Tickets
$20/$15 Museum Members

Tiny and little known in comparison to its fellow landmark bridges, the Carroll Street Bridge and its surrounding Gowanus neighborhood is packed with fascinating history – and an unusual city ordinance and resulting penalty still posted on the bridge to this day!  Join Transit Museum Educators Katherine Reeves and Katie Taylor to explore one of the country’s oldest surviving “retractile” bridges, trace the route of the former 4th avenue elevated, and discover former stable sites that were converted into garages once the car became king.

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Family Programs

Magic Night Train

MAGIC NIGHT TRAIN

Thursday, July 23, 6:00 – 8:00pm - Tickets
$7 adults/$5 for seniors and children ages 2-17. Free for Museum Members.

We’re casting a spell for a fun family evening at the Museum! Join magicians on our Platform level for subway sleight-of-hand, explore history’s mysteries and craft a zooming zoetrope image wheel! For all ages.


View the complete CHILDREN & FAMILY PROGRAM 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

Sun, Sept. 13, 10am - 12pm - Tickets
Free

Rise and shine then come to the Transit Museum for an early opening in collaboration with Extreme Kids and Crew! Children with disabilities and their families can come to the Museum an hour before it opens to the public. Free admission, fun activities about transit and a quiet room are offered. All ages welcome. Registration required.  


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. CLICK HERE to apply for Fall 2015!

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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