Final Week: Holiday Express ends February 28
February 23, 2016

We’re now in the final days of our beloved seasonal exhibition, Holiday Express—come learn about toys and trains from a bygone era before the show closes on Sunday, February 28. Though the golden age of the locomotive has long since come to pass, the train set has endured as a popular toy. Toys reflect culture and offer…

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When Penn Station Was a Masterpiece
January 13, 2016

Pennsylvania Station is finally getting much-needed renovation, but no amount of construction will bring back the bygone Beaux-Arts architectural magnum opus of the 20th century. Designed by McKim, Mead, & White, the original terminal opened in 1910. It boasted 84 granite Doric columns and its monumental architecture echoed the great spaces of Ancient Rome. The…

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Four Christmas Traditions born in New York
December 23, 2015

With more than four centuries of history, it’s no wonder that so many beloved Christmastime traditions originated in New York. Here are a few highlights, and remember if you’re in the city during the winter season, be sure to see our beloved Yueltide exhibition, Holiday Express, now on view through February 28. ‘Twas the Night…

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Sly Santas and Toy Trains: Two Centuries of Holiday Celebrations at New-York Historical
December 19, 2014

Despite busy schedules, throngs of tourists and cold temperatures, you would be hard-pressed to find a New Yorker who doesn’t find joy in holiday traditions. How would we know it was December without the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, store windows on Fifth Avenue, street vendors selling chestnuts, and nostalgic subway trains and toy train exhibitions? Thousands have already…

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How Trains Got From The Rails To Our Toy Chests
November 15, 2012

Every child in America has probably played with a toy train at some point. But why do toy trains hold such sway over our imaginations? Miniature trains were first created as models to accompany proposals for new rail systems as the world entered the industrial revolution. As trains became more and more common, so did…

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