Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

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Wednesday May 15

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11:00 AM  –  12:30 PM

In 1904, New York City’s very first subway ride left from the City Hall station amidst great civic pride. With exclusive access through the New York Transit Museum, explore the elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves of this decommissioned subway station.  


The tour begins above ground with the fascinating history of Alfred Beach’s Pneumatic Tube and the development of City Hall and the subway system. Then head underground to explore the station designed by renowned architects George Heins & Christopher LaFarge, with innovative vaulted tile ceilings by master artisan Rafael Guastavino. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. 


Though its track is still active as a turnaround for the 6 line, trains no longer stop at Old City Hall station. New York Transit Museum members have the unique opportunity to explore this New York landmark through exclusive guided tours.  


Tickets are $50 per person, and will be available at 10 am ET on April 3rd, 2024 to Transit Museum members only. 


Registration for Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station is a two-step process.  

  1. First, become a member! Then go to your selected tour’s page and log into your membership account at the top right-hand corner of the page (if you are already a member, you may need to reset your password). Then click the registration link to purchase ticket(s). If you are not yet a member, join now to access all the perks of membership.Go to this link to see a full list of ticket allowances for each membership level and step-by-step instructions to purchase. 

  1. Second, all ticket holders, including the purchaser and any intended guests, must provide a copy of a government-issued photo ID and sign the Visitor Release form within 48 hours of your ticket purchase. Old City Hall Station is a restricted access site, and all visitors must comply with the security process.   

  • A link to the ID submission form will be included in your confirmation email. 

  • Each ticket holder (except those ages 10-17) are required to complete this step. If you are purchasing tickets for additional guests, you must forward the link to the form to them as they will not receive a separate email.  

  • If you are purchasing a ticket for a youth ages 10-17, you will include their names on your form in the space designated.


Failure to complete both steps will result in the cancellation of your registration and your ticket cost will be converted into a tax-deductible donation to the New York Transit Museum. 

Additional information: 

All ticket sales are final. If you cannot attend the tour on the date you reserved or do not submit security materials in time, the total price of unused tickets will be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tickets are non-refundable, cannot be transferred to another tour date, and cannot be used by another individual. Please note: Museum guest passes, special caregiver and child add-ons are valid only for Museum admission, not special tours.


Children must be 10+ to attend and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  


Please visit this page for more step-by-step instructions, as well as policies and frequently asked questions.  

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