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.
Borrow a VIP Pass from the library for discounted admission to the New York Museum of Transportation! Buy one admission and get one of equal or lesser value free. Limit of 1 free admission per visit. Not valid for special events with special admission prices.
Take a ride
on the trolley
Included with admission is 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 roughly 11:30am to 4:30pm, with no reservations required except for the Halloween Trolley. You can ride as many times as you would like throughout the day.
Themed Events at the New York
Museum of Transportation
In addition to the regular Sunday schedule, there are themed events offered throughout the year, including Father’s Day, Railroad Day, Fall Foliage, Halloween. Plus,
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – Trolleys by Twilight
The Museum recreates an evening at an old-time “trolley park” with the happy sound of the calliope providing the background for authentic vintage trolley rides through the rolling hills. Complimentary ice cream treats will be provided for all attendees! SPECIAL HOURS 4:00 p.m. – dusk.
August 2, 3, 4, 2019 – New York State Fair
The museum is right next door to the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Rush, so come enjoy the Fair and add a trolley ride to the fun! Rides-only on Friday; Saturday and Sunday the full museum will be open and rides will be included with admission.
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 2019 – Holley Trolley Rides
Santa may still use reindeer power, but sometimes he joins you to enjoy 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. The museum will be decorated for the holiday, and the museum’s large model railroad will be running three trains at once. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and there’s 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.
Midtown Plaza Monorail Cars
NYMT and the City of Rochester have arranged to feature 2 monorail cars from the now-demolished Midtown Plaza as a permanent exhibit. They are on public display-only—no monorail rides to relive those childhood memories. But what a thrill to see them all the same!
There’s more toward the back
of the New York
Museum of Transportation
And, there’s more outside!
Check out the details in
the model train exhibit
More information about the New York Museum of Transportation
- Check website for current events and 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
Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we can still appreciate today.
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