A few days before the Thanksgiving holiday, my sister and I took my nieces and nephews on a trip to the NYC Transit Museum. My nephew expressed his interest in trains and buses and it was a nice day out, so we all hopped on the train towards downtown Brooklyn. The cool thing about the NYC Transit Museum is it’s inside an old subway station. There are a number of activities available for families, but it was our first visit. We decided to do our own exploration instead of taking part in group activities.
Steel, Stone, and Backbone
The exhibit Steel, Stone, and Backbone show the development of the NYC Transit system from 1900-1925. We were able to see photos and videos of workers digging through the tunnels and get hands-on with the tools they used to build the tracks.
Moving The Millions: New York City’s Subways From Its Origins To The Present
We proceeded down the stairs to see Moving The Millions: New York City’s Subways From Its Origins To The Present. In this exhibit, we walked through real subway cars from the early 1900s til modern day. It was cool to see the evolution of the cars, how they got the “straphanger” name and brand advertising. I actually thought subway advertising started in the 70s or 80s. We were also able to see the different maps, showing the transit system’s expansion throughout the years.
On The Streets: New York’s Trolley’s and Buses
Our favorite exhibit was On The Streets: New York’s Trolley’s and Buses. We learned about the expansion of the bus system and the inclusion of stop and walk/don’t walk signs within the traffic system. We also saw a “day in the life'” of a transit employee, took a ride in mock buses and were a bus driver or dispatcher for a moment.
It was a fun afternoon to learn about the NYC Transit system that gets millions of New Yorkers and tourists around every day. For more information about exhibits, visiting hours, prices and accessibility, visit the NYC Transit Museum online.
Have you visited the NYC Transit Museum before?