i had such a great time in nyc last week for the conference i attended for work. although ryan was not able to spend the whole week with me in the city, he was able to come in with me the day before the conference started so that we could spend the day together on saturday. one of the things that we have had on our nyc to-do list for years is the new york city transit museum. since it was a bit cool and breezy on saturday, it was the perfect day for the museum.
the museum is housed in a historic 1936 subway station in downtown brooklyn which i think is so clever. you actually enter the museum exactly how you would enter the subway station. it is the largest museum in the united states devoted to urban public transportation history. we absolutely loved the museum and had such a great time there. it was so much fun and really educational too!
we learned about how nyc's subway system was built over 100 years ago, and saw lots of photos and artifacts from when the subway system was being constructed back in 1901. there was a lot of information about what it takes to repair and restore the subway tunnels after natural disasters like hurricane sandy, as well as what happened to the subway system after the 911 terrorist attacks. it was really fascinating.
as we walked around the museum, we could not get over how many displays there were and how large the museum was. there was a whole exhibit showcasing various types of fare collection devices used throughout the subway system's history. i never knew there were so many different types of turnstiles, coins, and tokens.
we got to check out a working signal tower, and see nyc trolleys and buses too. by far though, our favorite part of the museum was the collection of vintage subway cars and elevated trains. it was so awesome that we got to check out all of those different trains up close and personal. the best thing about this museum is that it is all hands on, so you get to touch and walk through everything, which is so cool! if you're ever in brooklyn, be sure to check out the museum!