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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 December 16 and extends through December 17. Remaining tickets will be available to non-members on December 18. 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.

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.

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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.

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Wednesday, December 2, 6:30pm - Tickets
$10/Free for Members & MTA Employees

In 1967 the New York City Transit Authority hired Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda (of Unimark International) to design a signage and wayfinding system – the Graphic Standards Manual.  Today, the Manual is one of the world’s foremost examples of modern design and its limited-edition re-issue spawned the viral success of an $800,000 Kickstarter project.  Join Pentagram designers Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed for a conversation about the standards of historic and contemporary design, as we celebrate the re-release of the Graphic Standards Manual.

Then, take a tour of the Museum’s permanent collection of wayfinding signs dating back to the Subway’s earliest beginning, and learn about the creative process.  Original and newly re-issued Graphic Standards Manuals will be on view and new editions will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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*Bringing Back the City*
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30pm - Tickets
$10/Free for Members & MTA Employees

New York has been hit with a number of catastrophic events over the past 15 years, but the city has been facing and responding to disasters for the past 150 years. Join the Museum’s curatorial and collections team to learn about historic events like the Blizzard of 1888, the Hurricane of 1938, and the 1965 Blackout and their impact on the development of transportation infrastructure.

(BBTC LOGO) Presented in conjunction with 
Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisisnow on view at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.

Nostalgia Swing Train
Sunday, December 13, 5:30pm - Tickets
$20/$15 for Museum Members

Hop on board our Nostalgia Swing Train for a special express ride from 2nd Ave to the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn! Then, triple step your way through our 1936 decommissioned subway station with live swing bands, the hottest dancers, and slickest outfits – an after-hours boogie for the ages.

Ticket includes a one-way ride on the Nostalgia Swing Train, and admission to the after-hours boogie at the Museum.
Tickets must be purchased in advance; no cash sales will be conducted on the 2nd Ave platform.

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30pm - Tickets
$15/$10 for Museum Members

Prizes! Fame! Fortune! Meet your match at round four of our transit trivia battle, back by popular demand. Trivia masters Stuart Post and Chris Kelley co-host a contest like no other, set against the backdrop of our very own Court Street Station. Hustle up a two-to-six person team of transit superstars or make new friends on the spot. Study up— this crowd runs on the FastTrack! 
This event sells out in advance. Early team coordination and ticket purchases recommended. Ticket includes a beer. 21+

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Offsite Tours/Excursions


*Members Only*

Saturday, January 30, 2pm - Tickets
Sunday, February 21, 2pm - Tickets
Wednesday, March 16, 6pm - Tickets
Saturday, March 19, 2pm - Tickets
Thursday, March 24, 6pm - Tickets
Thursday, April 7, 6pm - Tickets
Sunday, April 10, 2pm - Tickets
Wednesday, April 13, 6pm - 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, when City Hall Station’s opening marked the very first subway ride in New York City and 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 provide a copy of a government-issued ID for a background check, and must sign a release immediately after purchasing tickets.

240th Street Train Yard

*Members Only*

Sunday, January 31, 11am - Tickets
Saturday, February 20, 11am - Tickets
$40 Museum Members Only

Built over 100 years ago in 1906 to support the original IRT subway line, today 240th Street Yard is home to trains running on the number 1 line. Also known as the Van Cortlandt Yard, it includes over 20 inspection and layup tracks, and stands entirely on elevated structures.  Head behind the scenes with General Superintendent Raymond DelValle Jr, and hear his firsthand account of weathering Superstorm Sandy while stationed at the yard before, during, and after the storm.

Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must provide a copy of a government-issued ID for a background check, and must sign a release immediately after purchasing tickets.

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*Nostalgia Bus Ride*
Saturday, February 27, 11am - Tickets
Sunday, April 17, 11am - Tickets
$45/$35 for Museum Members

Meet at the Transit Museum and hop on one of our vintage buses for a special trip to the Grand Avenue Bus Depot in Maspeth – a 500,000 square foot energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly facility. 24 hours a day, every day of the year, more than 200 buses for the Brooklyn and Queens Division visit the Depot to tune up, fuel up, and catch some rest before hitting the streets again.  Explore the on-site wood and metal shops, and compare the old with the new as our vintage buses pull up alongside contemporary fleets.

Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must provide a copy of a government-issued ID for a background check, and must sign a release immediately after purchasing tickets.

Brooklyn's Mid-Century Transformation

*Walking Tour*
Saturday, March 5, 2pm - Tickets
Sunday, April 24, 2pm - Tickets
$35/$25 Museum Members

Less than four blocks from the Transit Museum, above the Jay Street – MetroTech Station, stands a 13-story white limestone building that for more than 50 years housed the headquarters of New York’s evolving transit agencies. Though the building played host to decades of transportation history, it also stands as a remnant of downtown Brooklyn’s dramatic urban revitalization. Join acclaimed architectural historian and author Francis Morrone for a walk in Downtown Brooklyn to explore the successes and shortcomings of the area’s post-war development, which forever changed the face of the borough.

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*Walking Tour*
Sunday, March 13, 2pm - Tickets
Saturday, April 16, 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 Williamsburg and Bushwick, Michael Morgenthal takes you on a “ghost hunt” of places and spaces – the old Myrtle Avenue Station, original trusses from the elevated line, and advertisements strategically placed to be viewed from an elevated vantage point, to name a few.


*Walking Tour*
Sunday, March 20, 2pm - Tickets
Saturday, April 23, 2pm - Tickets
$20/$15 Museum Members

Our Museum Educators lead a series of Transit Walks through the boroughs, examining transportation history and contemporary landmarks one neighborhood at a time. This winter, join Transit Museum Educator Katherine Reeves on a stroll down Flatbush Avenue as she traces the early routes of horse drawn carriages, the development of the BRT and BMT lines, and the Malbone Street Wreck of 1918, one of the deadliest train crashes in the history of the United States. 

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Youth & Family Programs

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

Sun, March 6, 10am - 12pm - Tickets

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 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!


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.


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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