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Changing Signs, Changing Times: A History of Wayfinding in Transit— Gallery Talk

August 27, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Changing Signs, Changing Times

Information design in New York’s transportation system must constantly evolve to meet the changing needs of millions of people traveling around a 5,000-square mile area. In 1890, commuters on an elevated line relied on wooden signs to find their way. Today’s travelers can consult an On-The-Go kiosk to find the next train to arrive, destination, and further instructions for more travel options.

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro at our Grand Central Terminal gallery for a discussion of Changing Signs, Changing Times: A History of Wayfinding in Transit, an exhibition that examines the evolution of New York City transit signage through the years as it strives to convey information quickly, clearly and efficiently in a manner that is also pleasing to the eye.

Pre-Registration is not required for this drop-in event. Admission to the Grand Central Gallery is free. Please see the Plan Your Visit page for information and directions.

For information on wheelchair access, American Sign Language interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit the accessibility page on the Museum’s website.

Photo by Filip Wolak


August 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Kendra Sykes


Grand Central Gallery
Off the main concourse in the Shuttle Passage, adjacent to Station Masters' Office
New York, United States
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