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An increasingly popular destination with tourists and residents, the New York Transit Museum is the largest of its kind in the United States. Exhibits preserve and share the history of New York's fabled underground transportation network as well as the larger history of urban public transportation that includes trolleys and jitney cars as well as buses and ferries. In addition to operating this museum and a small archive, the NY Transit Museum creates exhibits within an annex gallery within Grand Central Terminal.


  • The museum is located in a subway station created in 1936.
  • New York Transit Museum published "The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway" in 2004. To learn more about this book-click the link below.

When New York's subway opened in 1904, seven years after Boston became the first American city to operate a system of underground trains. New York's first line, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) connected Grand Central with lower Manhattan. Today, New York operates the largest subway system in the United States, transporting an average of over four million passengers daily.