Founded in Brooklyn in 1955 by Everett A. White and other volunteers, the Trolley Museum of New York was created to protect the unique history of rail travel as many trolley lines began to close down. In 1983, Kingston, NY became home to the non-profit museum, where it is still located today. The museum is housed on the property where Ulster and Delaware Railroad yards at Milepost 1 were located, and the restored rail lines allow for history to not only be observed but to come alive along the Kingston waterfront.
The mission of the Trolley Museum of New York is to “educate people on the importance of the trolley in the development of modern urban society.” The museum does this through exhibits in the upstairs of the museum including photographs, artifacts and other educational materials as well as interactive activities for children. Visitors can also see a wide range of trolleys as well as subway, rapid transit and railroad cars that are housed and restored at the museum. These are not only from the United States but from countries in Europe as well such as Norway, Belgium, Sweden and others.
In addition to perusing the museum, visitors can take a trolley ride that runs every half hour. Visitors will feel as if they have been transported into the past while riding along the Kingston waterfront. The trolley has stops at the museum, T.R. Gallo Park, and Kingston Point. These locations are perfect for picnicking and enjoying views of the Hudson. The museum is proud to have signals installed along the way and hopes to expand the length of the operational railway in the near future, connecting even more of Kingston by rail.
Another aspect of the museum that makes it special is that so much of the work is done by volunteers, and it has been that way from the beginning. Such community support enables the continued success of the museum. Restoration is made possible by the hard work of these locals, adding an extra layer of love and history to the already historic trolleys. This museum is a must-see location while visiting Kingston and the Hudson Valley area!
Hours & Ticket Information
The Trolley Museum of New York is open seasonally from late April to late October. The museum’s hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children between 6 and 12 as well as for first responders, active military personnel, and veterans. Children up to age 5 can enter for free.
“A treat to have something like this in such a beautiful area. Take the tour, take a ride and spend some time with the tour guides who truly love what they do.”
— Gia, TripAdvisor
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