Family Outing: New York Transit Museum
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Grand Central Gallery
If there’s not enough time to visit the museum, make a quick stop at its Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, which presents changing exhibits that complement those at the museum. The Annex is open seven days a week (8am-8pm Monday-Friday; 10-6pm Saturday-Sunday), has free admission, and includes a small store.
November-February: The annual Holiday Train Show at the Annex features miniature vintage Lionel Metro-North trains running on a track through a scenic model of New York City.
May: Embark on an excursion with museum staff. This year’s included visiting transportation landmarks around the city and a walking tour through the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which was once defined by elevated train lines.
July: Hop on a working vintage train and head to Coney Island, part of the Nostalgia Train Ride series (see photo above).
September: The museum’s biggest annual event is the Bus Festival. It offers reduced admission, and visitors can board and explore a fleet of vintage buses (the oldest is from the 1910s!) parked up and down Boerum Place for free.
October: Take a not-so-spooky vintage train ride to Woodlawn Cemetery.
December: Kids can create yummy transit masterpieces with cookies, candies, and more during Travelin’ Treats night.
Address: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Admission: $7; $5 children ages 2-17 and seniors ages 65 and older
For more information: 718-694-1600 or mta.info/museum