Grand Central Gallery Annex & Store
16th Annual Holiday Train Show
Opening November 16, 2017
Nothing says holiday enchantment quite like the iconic image of model trains whirring by as they circle around the base of a magnificently lit tree. Dazzling both children and adults alike, the Transit Museum’s annual display features Lionel trains traveling along a 34’ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout. Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole, this year’s exhibition showcases our Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets against a cityscape backdrop designed by Brooklyn-based artist Josh Cochran.
The 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal is sponsored by Con Edison, Interactive Elements, Inc., and generous individual supporters.
Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn
From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn
September 28, 2017 – spring 2018
Brooklyn began with a ferry. Opening September 28th, our newest exhibition, From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn, traces the roots of Downtown Brooklyn all the way back to 1642, when the first commercial ferry slip between Long Island and New Amsterdam opened at the end of Old Fulton Street. Using archival photographs and objects from the Museum’s extensive collections, this exhibit celebrates the centuries of investment and innovation in transportation that made the evolution of Downtown Brooklyn possible, as well as transportation’s key role in the commercial and residential development of Brooklyn and the Greater New York region.
From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn is sponsored by Extell’s Brooklyn Point. Generous support comes from JDS Development. Additional support comes from City Point and SHoP Architects, and from COOKFOX Architects and the Hub at 333 Schermerhorn Street. The exhibit and programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Architecture + Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis
Through September 2018
A new exhibit offering a unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Using the events of 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather events as examples, the exhibition reveals the critical role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes. Explore the exhibit online>>
Bringing Back the City is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Major support is provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Alstom. Additional support is provided by Interactive Elements Incorporated, Steven J. Vaccaro, Aksia LLC, di Domenico + Partners LLP, and Joseph and Tamra Lhota.
Art on the Tracks: Teens Explore the End of the Line
This summer, photographer John Sanderson and painter Janina McCormack led a 3-session workshop for 9th – 12th graders. The group learnedabout photography fundamentals and self-expression through studying Sanderson’s photographic series Railroad Landscapes, exploring the Transit Museum collection, and embarking on guided photography journeys to the Coney Island Yard, Van Cortlandt Park, Hudson Yards, and Willets Point. Now on view in Downtown Brooklyn, the images bear witness to the unique, and sometimes surprising, visions of each student.
Steel, Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways presents a look at the construction methods and labor required to build the city’s first subway line at the turn of the 20th Century. Historical artifacts, video and photography footage bring to life the dedication and tenacity of the workers who made this project possible.
Moving the Millions highlights the evolution of the subway and the major issues and events that influenced the development of the largest transportation network in North America. Home to twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907, and a working signal tower, the Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block.
On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses tells the story of above ground mobility and surface transit from the early 1800s to the present. A 12-seat city bus, “fishbowl” bus cab, walk-don’t walk signs, parking meters, fire hydrants, traffic lights, and an array of other interactive “Street furniture” bring this exhibit to life. Visitors can also learn about the evolution of fuel technologies and its environmental impact.
Fare Collection traces the history of paper tickets, tokens, illegal slugs, MetroCards, and the many turnstile designs (both vintage and contemporary) that have moved commuters through the system since 1904.
No Spitting on the Platform depicts a selection of historic way-finding and platform etiquette signage from the Museum’s archives.
The Dr. George T.F Rahilly Trolley and Bus Study Center features over 50 detailed scale models of trolleys and work cars, with a focus on Brooklyn.
Special Exhibit: Coney Island Museum
Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island
On view at the Coney Island Museum
From horse-drawn carriages, steamboats, and railroads, to the buses and subways of today, mass 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.