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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 20 and extends through April 21. Remaining tickets will be available to non-members on April 22.Become a member today.

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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.

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BRINGING BACK THE CITY:MASS TRANSIT RESPONDS TO CRISIS
Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn
Friday, April 29, 2pm
Free with Museum Admission  

The “city that never sleeps” needs a transit system that never sleeps. Look behind the scenes at how New York’s transit employees prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters like September 11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, and Superstorm Sandy. Join curators Brigid Harmon and Rob Del Bagno for spotlight tours highlighting the resiliency and recovery sections of the new multimedia exhibit in Downtown Brooklyn.


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TRANSIT ETIQUETTE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP SPITTING AND STEP ASIDE IN 25 LANGUAGES
Grand Central Gallery Annex
Friday, May 6, 1:30pm
Friday, June 10, 1:30pm
Free

Whether in Toronto, New York, or Tokyo, inappropriate passenger behaviors are ubiquitous on mass transit and have annoyed commuters for more than a century. Employing creative and engaging visuals and a broad scope of humor, transit agencies around the world, including our own MTA (and its predecessors) have tried to cajole and scold passengers into better behavior. Whether asking people not to smoke, to be safe at the edge of the platform, or to throw away their trash, the graphic posters and videos featured in this exhibit highlight a universal language of courtesy that we can all (hopefully) understand.


picture of Coney Island exhibit

FIVE CENTS TO DREAMLAND: A TRIP TO CONEY ISLAND
Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn
Friday, June 17, 2pm
Friday, July 15, 2pm

Free with Museum Admission

From horse-drawn carriages, steamboats, and railroads, to the buses and subways of today, transportation has played a pivotal role in Coney Island’s development as a seaside resort, the home of the world’s first amusement parks and the densely populated neighborhood it became. Through objects, maps and images from the Museum’s collection, Five Cents to Dreamland traces the evolution of public transportation in Brooklyn and its storied connections to the wonders of Coney Island both past and present.


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.

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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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*AfterHours*
BRINGING BACK THE CITY: WHAT’S BELOW?
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30pm - Tickets
$10/Free for Members

Below the streets of New York City lies an intricate and expansive maze of water mains, power lines, sewage systems, and tunnels and tracks for the subway and five passenger railroads (LIRR, Metro-North, New Jersey Transit, PATH, and Amtrak). As the city’s infrastructure continues to grow and modernize, how do the components of this underground network co-exist alongside—or around—one another?  How did major events like September 11th and Superstorm Sandy impact what’s below? Join archeologist Alyssa Loorya for a fascinating evening examining the city beneath our feet.

Presented in conjunction with the multimedia exhibit Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis, now on view at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.


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TRANSIT STREET DESIGN GUIDE
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30pm - Tickets
$10/Free for Museum Members

Transit and cities grow together. As cities work to become more compact, sustainable, and healthy, their work is paying dividends: in 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit, the highest since the dawn of the highway era. The Transit Street Design Guide is an illustrated, detailed introduction to designing streets for high-quality transit, from local buses to BRT, from streetcars to light rail – it draws on the expertise of a peer network and case studies from across North America.  Join contributors from the MTA, the Department of Transportation, Transit Center, and the National Association of City Transportation Officials for a conversation about the much-needed link between transit planning, transportation engineering, and street design.


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PLATFORM: CREATIVE MUSINGS ON MASS TRANSIT
Wednesday, June 22, 6:00pm - Tickets
$15/$10 Museum Members

Inspired by the engineering, intricate choreography, and impromptu interactions of your daily commute? Wish there was an open mic night for historians and urbanists? A show-and-tell for your creative musings on mass transit? Us, too. The New York Transit Museum presents PLATFORM, an exciting series of cross-disciplinary programs created by the public for the public. Have an idea? We’ll give you a platform. Full lineup at nytransitmuseum.tumblr.com/platform.


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WRITING WORKSHOP FOR SENIORS WITH NY WRITERS COALITION
9 Sessions
Tuesdays, May 3 – June 28, 2pm – Reserve
Free

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.  Nine workshops will be led by a leader who is certified by NY Writers Coalition.

Notebooks and pencils will be provided.  Enrollment is limited. Please call 718-694-1794 if you require additional information or would like to register over the phone.

 

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NOSTALGIA RIDES

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BEACH BOUND: CONEY ISLAND
Sunday, July 31, 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.

Presented in conjunction with the new exhibit, Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island, on view beginning June 14 at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.


*Fall Preview*
AN AVIATION AFFAIR: FLOYD BENNETT FIELD
Saturday, September 17 Save the Date! Tickets on sale in August

Meet at the Transit Museum and hop on our vintage buses for a special nostalgia bus trip to Floyd Bennett Field, the site of the city’s first municipal airport back in 1931! Now on the Register of Historic Places, Floyd Bennett was a popular site for aviators seeking to break records – 26 around the world and transatlantic flights started or ended at the field.  Take a trip along the scenic Belt Parkway, bring a picnic lunch, and learn about the fascinating aviation history on a tour of Hangar B and the surrounding buildings. 


*Fall Preview*
EVENING RIDE TO WOODLAWN CEMETERY
Saturday, October 29 – Save the date! Tickets on sale in August

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

OLD CITY HALL STATION

*Members Only*
*SOLD OUT*
JEWEL IN THE CROWN: OLD CITY HALL STATION
Saturday, June 4, 1pm - Tickets
Saturday, June 4, 4pm - Tickets
Sunday, June 19, 1pm - Tickets
Sunday, June 19, 4pm - Tickets
Saturday, July 16, 1pm - Tickets
Saturday, July 16, 4pm - Tickets
Sunday, August 7, 1pm - Tickets
Sunday, August 7, 4pm - Tickets
Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm - Tickets
Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm - Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

Be 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.  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.

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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*Members Only*
*SOLD OUT*
BEHIND THE SCENES: CONEY ISLAND OVERHAUL SHOP & TOWER
Sunday, June 5, 11am - Tickets
Saturday, July 9, 11am - Tickets
Saturday, August 13, 11am - Tickets
$40 Museum Members Only

Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since its opening in 1926, the Coney Island NYCT Transit Complex is one of the largest overhaul and repair facilities in the world. Housed on 75 acres in South Brooklyn, the complex includes 3 train storage yards, a Pneumatic Shop which supplies air brake units for the entire fleet of over 6,000 subway cars, and 30-ton cranes that can lift and move subway cars across work stations. Join the Museum for a special behind the scenes tour of this complex, and a look at the tower that keeps an eye on the 1,800 subway cars stored at this site.

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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*Walking Tour*
GHOSTS OF THE ELEVATED: MYRTLE AVENUE & WILLIAMSBURG
Sunday, May 22, 3pm - Tickets
Saturday, June 18, 3pm - 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.


PROSPECT PARK SOUTH

*Walking Tour*
TRANSIT WALK: PROSPECT PARK SOUTH
Sunday, May 15, 2pm - Tickets
Saturday, June 11, 2pm - Tickets
$20/$15 Museum Members

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.  Transit Walks are led by Museum Educators throughout the five boroughs, and they examine transportation history and contemporary landmarks one neighborhood at a time.


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*Walking & Subway Tour*
*SOLD OUT*
FROM FARMS TO FLUSHING: TRACING THE 7 LINE
Saturday, July 30, 3pm - Tickets
Sunday, August 21, 3pm - Tickets
$35/$25 Museum Members

The IRT 7 train runs through some of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York and its roots can be traced back to the long distance railroads of the 1880s up through the extension to Flushing in 1927 –  a time during which the population of Queens increased over 750%. On this “hop-on hop-off” tour along the IRT 7 Line, Michael Morgenthal traces the development of Queens from a sleepy farm community to New York’s most densely populated borough.  Beginning in the Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery Annex, travel east to explore the industrial roots of Long Island City, the 1920s Garden Apartments of Jackson Heights, and the bustling immigrant neighborhoods along Jackson Avenue – all transformed by the development of public transportation.

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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

SPECIAL DAY FOR SPECIAL KIDS
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. Special Day for Special Kids takes place 3 times a year. Stay tuned to learn about our next event!


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 semester-long 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 about Fall 2016.

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.

S.T.E.P. (Safety Track Education Program)

Once a semester, the New York Transit Museum and the New York City Transit’s Office of ADA Compliance holds a safety track training program for people who are blind or have low-vision.  Participants will have an opportunity to walk on actual subway tracks in our Museum with the help of track safety workers. Please e-mail or call 718-694-1823.

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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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