New York Transit Museum


The New York Transit Museum offers exhibition about the city’s subway system. The purpose of the museum is to generate public awareness about how to subway system works. It also includes information about the first subway system in the United States. It frequently organizes outreach programme to the local residents in the 50 states.  It offers public programs for children. Visitors can view the permanent and changing exhibitions on the New York Transit Museum website.

History

The New York Transit used to be a local train terminus. Later, more modern transit system is being built and people started to use those stations.  As a result, the New York Transit was isolated and abandoned. The state of New York City decided to close down the station. After some time, the movie director started to use the New York Transit for filming movies.

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In 1976, a suggestion was put forward to transform the New York Transit into a museum. Everyone agreed to the suggestion. Eventually, the station was converted into a museum of the New York transport system.

In 1990, the museum came under the management of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Once the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was in charge, it expands the collection of the museum to include the history of other transportation types including bridge and commuter train.

The Exhibits

The New York Transit Museum offers a number of permanent and changing exhibitions. The lower balcony in the upper museum is used to show exhibitions on the bridge history. The exhibitions in the room adjoined to the museum offers temporary exhibitions. The temporary exhibitions changes from time to time.

Other Things on Permanent Display

The museum offers a large range of memorabilia to remind people of the history of the subway system. There are all kinds of artifacts in the museum such as signs and tools used in the subway.

In the museum, you will find two tracks. The two tracks are filled with various types of cars. The tracks depict the timeline of the car throughout the history.  The two tracks that are on display in the museum are IND and BMT equipment and IRT and BRT/EI cars. The south track is IND and BMT equipment. The north track is the IRT and BRT/EI cars.

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The steel, stone and backbone exhibition shows how the New York subway system is built. The exhibition shows the development of the New York subway system between 1900 – 1925. In this exhibition, you will learn about the different techniques used to build the subway system. You will realize the living condition of the workers who build the transportation system. The steel, stone and backbone exhibition uses photographs, and artifacts to show the history of the New York transit system.

The Fare Collection Exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to touch and explore the exhibited items. In this exhibition, you will see the paper ticket choppers that were used during the 1904. The MetroCard turnstile in the modern day offers the same function as the paper ticket choppers.

On the Streets: New York City and Busses offers interactive exhibitions for the visitors. Visitors will be able to explore the traffic in the highways New York City. The exhibition includes detailed traffic elements such as traffic lights, signs and etc. Children will be able to learn about the transportation system by exploring the exhibition. Children can get into the busses and cabs to explore the facilities inside.

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If you visit the New York Transit Museum, you will have the opportunity to explore the complicated network of the transportation system. The purpose of the New York Transit System is to educate the public about the transportation system history. At the same time, you will learn how the transportation system in the United States works. Every year, the museum organizes educational programs for the public. Bus Festival is one of the yearly programs organized by New York Transit Museum.

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From Tuesday – Friday, the New York Transit Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the New York Transit Museum is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

The admission fee for adult is $5. Children between 3 and 17 years old will be charged with $3. Senior citizens who are age 62 years old and above is charged with the same price as the admission ticket for children. If you are a senior, you are qualified for free entrance into the museum on Wednesday. Museum members don’t have to pay for the admission ticket. Some of the bus that stops nearby to the museum includes B25, B41, B61, and B75. If you want to find out the direction to the museum, you can call 1-718-694-1873.

From Monday – Friday, the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Grand Central Terminal Store is open from 8 AM to 8 PM. On Saturday – Sunday, the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Grand Central Terminal Store is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Grand Central Terminal Store is closed on major holidays and for special events. If you are interested in visiting the museum gallery, please call (212) 878-0106.

Group visits including adult group, school group and youth group are welcome. Visitors can make a reservation for the group guided visit by calling (718) 694-1873. The Reservation Department is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For adult groups, the maximum number of individual is 25 people. For school groups, the maximum number of individuals is 1 class of students. If you cancel your group tour program, you will be charged with a $30 penalty fee.

The museum accepts payment in forms of cash and credit card. It does not accept personal check or company check. Vouchers are not accepted as a form of payment.

The New York Transit Museum is located in the old building at the subway station in Brooklyn Heights. The annex in Grand Central Terminal offers temporary exhibitions from time to time. If you are interested in visiting New York Transit Museum, you can call 718-694-1600 to find out more information.

Contact Details:

Address: Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10001

Phone Numbers: (212) 878-0106, (718) 694-1600

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