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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 April 15 and extends through April 16. Remaining tickets will be available to non-members on April 17. 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.


Writing Workshop

WRITING WORKSHOP FOR SENIORS WITH NY WRITERS COALITION

Wednesdays at 2pm
8-part workshop, April 22 through June 10
FREE with advance registration
Please call 718-694-1867 to reserve

Spend time each week writing and sharing your work in a safe and fun environment. Sessions will be held in the Transit Museum's vintage train cars, which provide an intimate and unique setting for creativity. Writers of all genres - poetry, fiction, non-fiction, journaling, lyrics - are welcome and no prior writing experience is necessary. Workshops will be led by a leader who is certified by New York Writers Coalition. Notebooks and pens will be provided. Enrollment is limited and for seniors only.


Subway Adventure Guide

*Book Launch*
SUBWAY ADVENTURE GUIDE: NEW YORK CITY
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm - Tickets
$5/Free for Museum Members

From restaurants and bars, to landmarks and museums, Subway Adventure Guide: New York City explores over three dozen end-of-the-line destinations spread throughout the five boroughs and all 30 subway lines. Join authors Kyle Knoke (Allen/James Design) and Amy Plitt (TimeOut NYConde Nast Traveler) for a lively discussion and insider tips about what to order, what to see, and how to get to the City’s hidden gems. Book signing to follow.


Check back soon for additional Summer AfterHours programs!

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Nostalgia Rides

Coney Island

BEACH BOUND: CONEY ISLAND

Saturday, July 18, 11am – Tickets
$50/$25 Adult/Child
$35/$20 Adult/Child Museum Members

Join us on the ever popular, boardwalk-bound Coney Island Nostalgia Train! Ride the 1930s R1/9 cars of the Independent Subway System above and below ground for a two-hour jaunt. Then visit Coney Island’s beach-side amusement park, take a dip in the ocean, or stay on the train for additional 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.


*Fall Preview*
Woodlawn Cemetery
AN EVENING RIDE TO WOODLAWN CEMETERY

Saturday, October 24 – 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.

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Offsite Tours/Excursions

*Members Only*
Jewel in the Crown
JEWEL IN THE CROWN: OLD CITY HALL STATION

Saturday, May 30, 1:30pm - Tickets
Saturday, May 30, 4pm - Tickets
Sunday, June 7, 1:30pm - Tickets
Sunday, June 7, 4pm - Tickets
Sunday, July 26, 1:30pm - Tickets
Sunday, July 26, 4pm - Tickets
Saturday, August 15, 11am - Tickets
Saturday, August 15, 2pm - 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.


*Members Only*
Substation 21
HIDDEN HISTORY: SUBSTATION 21 AND THE MYSTERIOUS TOWNHOUSE

Saturday, June 13, 10am –  Tickets
Sunday, July 19, 10am –
Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

Explore the fascinating history of electricity and its crucial role in the development of the Subways on this walking tour with long-time Museum guide and historian Robert W. Lobenstein, former General Superintendent for Electrical at 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, head over to Brooklyn Heights for an inside look at IRT Substation 21, which houses a historic rotary converter.

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.


Prospering Port City
*Members Only*
A PROSPERING PORT CITY: THE LANDMARKS OF LOWER MANHATTAN

Wednesday, July 15, 6pm – Tickets
Wednesday, August 5, 6pm – Tickets
$45 Museum Members Only

The turn of the 20th Century marked a bustling time of activity for the prospering port of New York and the continued development of Lower Manhattan. Join author and architectural historian Anthony W. Robins on an exclusive walking tour through the storied landmarks of lower Manhattan. Examine the Battery-Maritime building, the only surviving structure of the grand sweeping steel terminals once strung along the East River waterfront; the 1905 Heins & LaFarge Battery Park Control House, and the elaborate Beaux Arts design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S Custom House.  Then, head to Pier A for a cocktail and admire the ornamental pressed-metal facades as the sun sets.


Ghosts of the Elevated
GHOSTS OF THE ELEVATED: A WALKING TOUR

Saturday, May 9, 3pm – Tickets
Sunday, June 21, 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 the 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. 


Lower Manhattan
TRANSPORTATION LANDMARKS: MANHATTAN’S IRT LEGACY
Saturday, May 16, 11am – Tickets

Sunday, May 31, 11am – Tickets
Sunday, June 14, 11am – Tickets
$35/$25 Museum Members

When the subway opened in 1904 the IRT stations were adorned with colorful terra cotta, elegant rounded columns, and other embellishments to make subterranean travel more appealing to the masses. Those landmarked stations survived over a century of use and have been recently restored to their original splendor. Join MTA’s Historic Preservationist Sara McIvor on a tour of select lower Manhattan IRT stations as she delves into the challenges of restoration work – from researching the exact match for a blue terra cotta glaze to stripping a station down to its bare bones. 
Transit Walk
TRANSIT WALK: CARROLL STREET BRIDGE AND GOWANUS

Wednesday, July 29, 6:30pm – Tickets
Thursday, August 13, 6:30pm – Tickets
$20/$15 Museum Members

Tiny and little known by comparison with 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 Educator Katherine Reeves 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 cars became popular.

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Family Programs

THE CURIOUS COMMUTER TRAIN PARTY FOR FAMILIES

Thurs, April 2, 6:00-8:00pm – Tickets
$7 adults/ $5 children ages 2-17/Free for Museum Members

Come meet NYC Family Ambassador Curious George at a special evening party at the Museum. George loves to travel, explore and discover how things work, just like any New York City subway kid! Go on a subway safari scavenger hunt, assemble a model train, and tinker with electric circuits.


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

EARLY OPENING FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Sun, May 17, 10am - 12pm - Tickets
Free

Rise and shine then come to the Transit Museum for an early opening! 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. Our next event will take place on May 17th, from 10am to 12pm. 


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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