Don’t Let The Extreme NYC Weather Ruin Your Day: Visit The NYC Transit Museum

New Yorkers put up with extreme heat and humidity in the summer and bitter cold in the winter. Sometimes it’s necessary to find something to do indoors. On this 13-degree day (-10C), We walked past the entrance to the Transit museum twice, not realizing that the steps leading down to the de-commissioned Court Street subway station was the entrance. They couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate space!

Perfect indoor NYC day at the Transit Museum
Once you enter, you pay your $10 admission at the old-style token booth and enter.

Building the NYC Subway System

The first part of the museum is dedicated to the workers who began building the subway system in the 1880s, to the hardships they faced, the fatal accidents, the unfair labor practices and the dividing of workers by race to divide and weaken them. The majority of the workers were Irish and Italian immigrants and African-Americans.

You’ll see the actual tools they used.
You’ll see antique photographs of the subway system in its earliest days
The 1915 daily wages vs. the cost of living
Hands-on for children
There’s a lot for children to enjoy at the NYC Transit Museum, and many great photo ops for parents 👍

Facing Terrorism, Blackouts and Hurricanes

NYC transit workers are on the front lines during disasters, evacuating passengers during blackouts, directing them during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, shoveling the snow off of the tracks during blizzards and repairing water damaged systems during the floods caused by hurricanes. Here you’ll see panel boards and television screens from the command center and see wonderful photographs showing the human side of the tragedies and difficult situations.


You’ll hear emergency calls and once-live news reports as you view these exhibits.

Early Transportation

The subway system is just one part of the transit system in NYC. A lot of floor space is given to the vast bus system.

The city’s transit system began in the early 19th century, as the city was growing fast and people needed a way to get around. These included trolleys and ferries. In 1814, Robert Fulton invented the steamship specifically for the ferry to Brooklyn.The museum shows how the improvement of transit lead to population growth throughout the city.

Restored Original Subway Cars

Next, you’ll walk downstairs to the subway platform, where subway cars from the past 100+ years are on display. The first we entered was a car built in 1907. This fleet of subway cars remained in service until 1969, running along the #7 line through Queens, NY.

The NYC Transit Museum is a great way to understand the growth and the culture of New York City. Don’t let the rain or extreme temperature ruin your visit to New York. Instead, hop on the subway to the NYC Transit Museum in Brooklyn, NY.

Hands-on Fun for Children

Small children’s imaginations will transport them as they sit in the driver’s seat of a NYC bus (while excited parents take their pictures through the front windshield), stand in a token booth and become the train conductor on a subway train.

What are some things you’ve done on bad weather days on vacation?

Nearby Places to Eat 😋

Everyone likes personalized recommendations of places to eat, right?

Here are two places nearby that we like a lot, both just a couple of minutes from the museum:

Paris Baguette

Dos Toros taquería

Restaurant links to Yelp reviews and menu.

Published by Aixa

I was born and raised in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. I traveled extensively throughout Venezuela before ever thinking of leaving my country. Visit me on Instagram!

28 thoughts on “Don’t Let The Extreme NYC Weather Ruin Your Day: Visit The NYC Transit Museum

  1. Great post!
    Typically, if the weather is bad whilst I’m on the road, I tend to catch up on writing blogs, downloading and saving photos to several places, planning the next destination, drink loads of warm drinks, and generally rest up. There is always too much to do and not enough time! 😉

    1. Thank you, Richa! I was so pleasantly surprised with how good this museum is. I just found out today that they have a few tours, so I can’t wait to take them.

  2. What a fun day! And learning about the history of where you live is really important, IMO. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook things in your hometown. Whether it be ancient ruins, old bridges, subways, or whatever, I always think about “who made this”, “what were their lives like” etc. I love that there is a museum dedicated to those who created the amazing NYC subway system where those questions are answered!

  3. Thank you, Julie, for that great comment! I checked my Instagram hashtags today and found out the museum has historic tours throughout the city. I can’t wait to take them, but they’re sold out until April!!!

    1. January is cold so part of the day at the museum would be great. I’ll add some other things to do nearby so you can continue the day from there.

  4. This would be hard to digest but the way you describe a place makes it more interesting and beautiful. The place in actual may not seem that beautiful but reading your post and learning about the things the place has in store for the tourists definitely makes it worth visiting.

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