Grand Central Gallery & Store

Changing Signs, Changing Times: A History of Wayfinding in Transit

Through November 6, 2019

Information design in New York’s transportation system is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of millions of people traveling around a 5,000 square mile area. Important travel information must be conveyed quickly, clearly, and efficiently in a manner that is also pleasing to the eye. Changing Signs, Changing Times traces the evolution of wayfinding in transit through photographs, objects, and archival materials drawn from the Museum’s vast collection.

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Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn


What's Old Is New Again: Recent Aquisitions

What’s Old Is New Again: Recent Acquisitions

Through October 20, 2019

Collections are the backbone of museums. Historical objects help us learn about the past, and link us to the present and the future. The New York Transit Museum is committed to preserving and interpreting historical, industrial, and cultural items from the early 19th century to the present day. What’s Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions highlights a selection of transit treasures, acquired over the last decade, that are now part of the Transit Museum’s collection of documents, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts.

Navigating New York

Through January 2020

New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development.

Ticket To Ride


Through archival photographs, ephemera, and objects from the Transit Museum’s extensive collection, Ticket to Ride shows the evolution of fare collection across all of New York’s modes of transportation. Visitors will see and touch different types of collection equipment such as turnstiles and fare boxes, get a sense the colossal process of fare collection, and see some of the people who make sure the money goes where it’s supposed to go.

Ticket to Ride is generously sponsored by

Ex Steel, Stone and Backbone

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.

GM Rolling Stock BRT Brooklyn Union Elevated Car 1407

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.

EX On the Streets Exhibit

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.

Ex No Spitting Vintage Sign

No Spitting on the Platform includes a selection of historic way-finding and platform etiquette signage from the New York Transit Museum’s archives.

EX Dr. George T.F. Rahilly Trolley and Bus Study Center

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.

Digital Exhibits

Bringing Back The City: Mass Transit Responds To Crisis

Bringing Back the City offers 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 online 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.

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Bringing Back the City was originally on view at the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn September 29, 2015 through September 2, 2018. Due to its popularity the exhibition lives on in this online version for the public to enjoy.

Grand By Design: A Centennial Celebration Of Grand Central Terminal

Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal features artifacts and photographs – many rarely exhibited – from the New York Transit Museum collection. The digital exhibit presents the Terminal itself as an artifact, using archival images and interviews that convey the story of the building’s past, present and future in larger-than-life detail.

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Grand by Design was originally on display in Vanderbilt Hall February 1 to March 15, 2013 to commemorate the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition was also displayed at the Riverfront Library in Yonkers, New York January 11 to March 17, 2014. Due to its popularity the exhibition lives on in this online version for the public to enjoy.

Off-Site Exhibits

Five Cents to Dreamland at the Coney Island Museum

Five Cents To Dreamland: A Trip To Coney Island

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.

On view at the Coney Island Museum