Celebrate The Holiday Season At The New-York Historical Society With the Annual Classic Toys And Trains Extravaganza

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection On View Through February 26, 2017

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection returns to the New-York Historical Society this holiday season to delight and inspire children of all ages. On view now through February 26, 2017, this vibrant and sweeping display of spectacular antique toy trains, toys, and scenic elements celebrates the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

1-holiday-express-2016-rotunda

A 360‐degree mountainous landscape showcases toy trains, miniature figures, and model buildings evoking the 1890s. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection is curated by Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture at the New-York Historical Society. The display was designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), an integrated architecture and exhibit design firm that also designed New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Other consultants for Holiday Express include T W TrainWorx, a nationally recognized model train specialist and designer of custom toy train layouts; and exhibition media producers Batwin + Robin, renowned “media storytellers” with more than 20 years of experience in the theater, museums, and other venues.

2-holiday-express-2016-pop-up-sphere

A crawl‐through space leading to a popup semisphere allows children to get an up‐close‐and‐personal view of the display, suggesting an early 20th century toy department. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

9-holiday-express-2016-cruiser

R. Bliss Co. U.S. Cruiser, 1906. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

Holiday Express unfolds over a broad swath of New-York Historical’s first floor, featuring 300 pieces from the Jerni Collection that transform the space into a magical wonderland. Theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and other visual effects immerse visitors in an enchanting holiday experience. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the Museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens. A 360-degree mountainous landscape, on view in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, showcases toy trains, miniature figures, and model buildings evoking the 1890s.

3-holiday-express-case

Holiday Express unfolds over a broad swath of New‐York Historical’s first floor, featuring 300 pieces from the Jerni Collection that transform the space into a magical wonderland. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

8-holiday-express-2016-penn-station

Märklin Station hall, Pennsylvania R. R., 1904. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

Interactive elements, including a crawl-through space leading to a pop-up semisphere, allow children to get an up-close-and-personal view of the displays, harking back the feel of early 20th century toy departments. Visitors can watch as eight sets of standard tin plate trains run over their heads while three more sets wind their way past scenic landscapes. Highlights include a rare American market post office made by Märklin and a stained-glass dome station by Ives of Bridgeport, Connecticut. New this year, an animated timeline tells the international history of the railroad using objects from the Jerni Collection to illustrate life-size train counterparts. An interpretive guide book will also be on hand to provide visitors with insights into the objects on view.

4-holiday-express-2016-close-up-on-display

Theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and other visual effects immerse visitors in an enchanting holiday experience. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

7-holiday-express-2016-ferris-wheel

Doll & Co. Ferris wheel, 1904. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

Since its acquisition by New-York Historical Society in 2014, the Jerni Collection has become a highlight of the Museum’s holdings. Assembled over the course of five decades by U.S. collectors Jerry and Nina Greene, the Jerni Collection is considered one of the world’s leading collections of antique model trains and toys. The Jerni Collection includes unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted pieces dating from approximately 1850 to 1940, featuring prime examples by the leading manufacturers that set the standard for the Golden Age of Toy Trains, including the German firms of Märklin and Bing, as well as the American firms Lionel and Ives.

6-holiday-express-2016-blue-comet

Boucher Blue Comet, 1929. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

Docent-led tours on select dates will allow visitors learn more about the treasures on display in Holiday Express. Tours will be available Saturday, November 26, 3 pm; Tuesday, December 6, 3 pm; and Saturday, December 17, 3 pm; $25, Members $5.

Family Programming

Families can delve into the world of classic toys and trains with an assortment of kid-friendly activities, story times, crafts, and more―all free with Museum Admission.

Little New-Yorkers, Every Tuesday and Friday

3:30 pm, Free with Museum Admission. Ages 3 – 5

Each class includes time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project. During December, Little New-Yorkers will be all about trains!

Sunday Story Time, Every Sunday

11:30 am, Free with Museum Admission . Ages 3 – 7

Learn about New York City and the people who made (and continue to make) it great through tales, fact and fiction, from the 17th through the 21st centuries. Illustrated books about trains will be read throughout December.

All Aboard! Historical Train Weekend

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

All Ages. Free with Museum Admission

All aboard! Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection is sure to delight and enchant kids of all ages―as well as kids at heart! This weekend, bring the whole family to explore this magical holiday exhibition. While you’re here, don’t forget to pick up a special train scavenger hunt; join us for a train-inspired craft; listen to train tales; and move, giggle, and laugh out loud with Conductor Abe!

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection

Trains, Trains, Trains and Toys!

Saturday December 17, 2 pm – 4 pm

Trains and toys are back this holiday season! Enjoy a tour of one of our most popular exhibitions and sketch your favorite objects from the show. Families will create small sculptures in the studio, using their sketches and drawings as guides for their final artwork.

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection

Saturday, January 28. 2 pm – 4 pm

Trains and toys are back this holiday season! Enjoy a tour of one of our most popular exhibitions and sketch your favorite objects from the show. Families will create small sculptures in the studio, using their sketches and drawings as guides for their final artwork.

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has sponsored the annual Holiday Express exhibition at the New-York Historical Society since 2014. It work to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people and focus on five key areas for creating lasting change: arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. For more information, please visit bloomberg.org.

Advertisements