I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The New York Transit Museum

We were given free tickets to the New York Transit Museum for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: The New York Transit Museum

Where: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn St.
             Brooklyn, NY

Who: All ages


Me - The New York Transit Museum was fun. It was a museum about New York subways and buses. There were these wheelbarrows  filled with rocks that you could lift. One was really heavy. I could lift both. They were supposed to tell you how much the men carried every day when they were building the tunnels for the subway. They had a ton of old subways, and you could go in them and see how the old subways looked. You could even sit down in the seats. None of them were really comfortable. They were even less comfortable than the subways are now.  There was an exhibit on major storms and how they affected transit including both rain storms and snow storms. There was a graphic which told how much snow fell during the biggest snowstorms in New York history. There were all kinds of old turnstyles and a few current ones. They had ton of a different tokens. I  have never even used a token. They have had metro cards my whole life. The also had a sign that said how much it costs to get subway tokens. There was also an old information booth, and you could stand behind and pretend you were a person that worked there. That was my favorite part of the museum. You could also go on a computer and play a game that simulated driving a train. I thought it was boring. There was a bunch of other kids there that really liked driving the simulated train though. People who are really interested in transportation especially subways would enjoy this museum.


Mom - The New York Transit Musum is a fun and fascinating museum particularly for anyone who is interested in learning about New York transportation especially subways. The museum is full of old subways, tokens and turnstyles and other artifacts related to the subway.There is even a whole collection of vintage subway signs located in the cafeteria area.  There is also plenty of information about the history of the subway and how it was built as well as  a whole section on New York City buses which includes a number of interactive aspects. There is currently also a special exihibit on how mass transit has responded to emergency events that have occurred in New York City including major snow or rain storms and even 9/11. It is a great museum for all ages. Little kids can enjoy climbing onto restored subway cars from various eras. They can also participate in games and/or story time.  Older children can  participate in a Train Operators Workshop where they can use a computer to drive a simulated subway train or they can learn what makes a good subway system and what doesn't and create their own subway map. Adults and teenagers can enjoy learning about the subway and its history and more. They can also take a guided tour of the museum or listen to talk about a particular aspect of the subway or a particualr subway line. Lectures may cost extra, however.   The museum is actually located in an old subway station so it is necessary to be careful around the tracks when visiting the old subway cars. Keep in mind also, that because of its location, the museum is not temperature controlled in all locations. However, as long as you dress appropriately for the weather you should be fine. All in all the museum is really a fun place to spend a few hours.



For more about the New York Transit Museum, visit www.nytransitmuseum.org/

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

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