Recommended for ages 7 and up (and Fire Department or subway fans!) Head to the 4th floor’s North Gallery! Follow the directions to look for objects and start digging into these activities and conversation prompts.
Name three citywide systems or resources (like city parks or garbage pick up) that keep New York City running. Now investigate some objects in the gallery to learn more about two essential city services!
Find The Fire Section
Look for Clues: What firefighting tools do you notice? How do you think these tools compare to firefighting tools today? Look closely and read their labels to get more intel!
Weigh the Evidence: How did fire affect New York City in the 1800s? According to what you’ve learned, decide if each statement below is true or false.
- In 1835, a massive fire destroyed much of lower Manhattan. TRUE or FALSE?
- There was easy access to water, so fires were always put out quickly. TRUE or FALSE?
- Early fire engines were hand-powered. TRUE or FALSE?
Create a soundscape for the Great Fire of 1835, shown in the large image in front of you. Incorporate the sounds of the firefighter’s speaking trumpet, watchman’s rattle, and what you think firefighters and bystanders might be saying to one another.
Find the Silver Handle in the center of the gallery
Look for clues about this subway controller. What do you notice about it? Read the words that are engraved on it.
Weigh the Evidence: How do you think this handle was used to operate a train? It’s made out of sterling silver, ebony, and steel and was used on a very special occasion. Read its label to find out more! Why was the subway worth celebrating when this was made?
Plan your perfect subway line! Grab a pencil and piece of paper and list all your favorite places as stops on the line. Who would use your subway line? Does your subway connect any places that are hard to walk or drive to? Don’t forget to name your subway line!
Thanks for sleuthing! Choose another family guide to keep hunting.