Beneath the Streets: Uncover the Secrets of the New York Transit Museum - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Beneath the Streets: Uncover the Secrets of the New York Transit Museum

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What We’ll Do

Watch the gap and stand clear of the closing doors, we're headed underground for a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of a subterranean museum!

During this live, one-hour online experience, we'll head beneath the streets of NYC to a historic decommissioned 1936 subway station, home of the New York Transit Museum. Below the surface of the city, we'll explore the museum's fleet of vintage trains from different eras, with the earliest dating back to 1907. On board, our guide will point out interesting design features you may not notice, and historical advertisements directed towards straphangers of the past. We'll even get a special look inside the active signal tower room where you can see trains moving through the system in real-time!

Also on the platform, we'll briefly tour the museum's current exhibits about early subway photography and the famous redbird trains. Finally, we'll head upstairs to the archives for a peek at a special selection of objects not currently on view!


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About Your Host
Polly Dejarlais
Polly Dejarlais

Polly Desjarlais is Education Manager at the New York Transit Museum, in charge of school and group programs, where she has worked for the last 15+ years. She hails from the United Kingdom but made Brooklyn her home in the mid-1990s and found a way to put her BA in Historical, Political and Philosophical Studies to use by joining the Museum’s Education Department. Being a lifelong city-dweller, she is interested in how cities work and the role that urban transportation plays in their history and development. She has presented and led hundreds of group tours both virtually and in-person and developed and written numerous school and group programs on topics that range from the history of transportation development to women’s roles in transit and the connection between immigration and transportation. She was awarded an IATM Skillbridge Fellowship in 2014. She is passionate about making Museum experiences fun, engaging, and relevant for everyone, and for helping Educators utilize museum content and collections in their teaching. 

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