The New York Museum of Transportation is open on Sundays from 11am-5pm all year long, with special events and trolley rides during the non-winter months. Their impressive collection and engaging events are managed by dedicated volunteers who are excited to share stories of Rochester’s rich transportation history.
Speaking of excitement! NYMT and the City of Rochester have just finalized their agreement to feature the Monorail as a permanent exhibit. Sometime in August, the City will be moving two of the monorail cars from storage to the museum where they will be on public display-only—no monorail rides to relive those childhood memories! But what a thrill to see them around the holidays with a graphic recreation of Magic Mountain and a visit with Santa to create that Christmas-time nostalgia! You can read more about it on wham1180 and the D&C for a sketch of what the display may look like when complete.
Take a ride on the trolley
Enjoy a scenic 2-mile round-trip ride on an 90-year-old electric trolley car. The trolley starts a new run every half-hour between 11:30am to 4:30pm, no reservations required except for the Halloween Trolley.
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2018 Themed Events at the New York Museum of Transportation
August 3, 4, 5 – Monroe County Fair
The museum is right next to the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Rush, so come enjoy the Fair and add a trolley ride to the fun!
August 12 – Railroad Day
Thrill to the romance of the rails with velocipede rides, “Gandy Dancer” track work demonstrations, model railroads, hobos, and more.
September 16 – Antique Fire Trucks
Pumpers, hook-and-ladders, fire engines—they’ll all be there. These beautifully restored fire vehicles are proudly displayed by the Genesee Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association. Find out why firemen wear red suspenders! Trolley rides throughout the day.
September 16 – October 28 (Sundays only) – Fall Foliage by Trolley
Enjoy the beauty of autumn in western New York State from the window of an authentic 90-year-old electric trolley car. Trolleys operate throughout the day starting at 11:30 a.m., and no reservations are required.
October 20 (Saturday) – Halloween Trolley Express
The trolley takes you to the Pumpkin Patch where you’ll decorate a free baby pumpkin and enjoy delicious cider and donuts. In the museum there’s unique trick-or-treating in Halloween-decorated trolley cars! Special hours and prices prevail; reservations are required.
December 2, 9, 16 – Holly Trolley Rides
Santa joins you on a ride on our authentic 90-year-old electric trolley car, recalling another time when families rode trolleys to do their holiday shopping in the city. Free hot chocolate and cookies for all!
Explore the New York Museum of Transportation collection
The museum equipment includes fourteen trolley cars, a steam locomotive, emergency and other antique motor and horse-drawn vehicles.They also house a robust collection of historic photographs, a gallery of artwork, documents, maps, posters, advertisements, brochures, letters, news stories, and postcards.
Check out the details in the model train exhibit
There’s more toward the back of the New York Museum of Transportation
And, there’s more outside!
Pumpkins: 15 Places to Pick Your Own
More information about the New York Museum of Transportation
- Check website for current admission fees
- Located in Rush, roughly 20 minutes / 18 miles from Rochester (get directions)
- More info at nymtmuseum.org where you can also become a member or find out how to volunteer