New York City’s subway system isn’t just the largest in the world (by number of stations), it is also one of the largest public art galleries. Hidden in plain sight below the streets of New York you’ll find works of art by famous names like Roy Lichtenstein, Yayoi Kusama, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Mary Miss, and many more. On Untapped New York’s updated Underground Art Tour, you can discover some of these works and learn the fascinating stories behind their inspiration and installation with the expert guidance of Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers and Artist-in-Residence Aaron Asis

This limited-run tour will happen on January 14th and March 3rd. Space is limited so grab your tickets now!

Underground Art in the Subway Tour

Underneath the Fulton Center Sky Reflector

Tour Highlights

  • Enter the world’s largest underground public art gallery with just one Metro-card swipe
  • Discover one of the city’s most expensive timepieces and largest pieces of art in the subway system
  • Interact with a camouflaged sound installation tucked away in the last place you would think to look
  • Unlock the secret code of the most popular and playful pieces of subway art and learn how you can make yourself a part of it
  • See how an artist framed remnants of the original 1904 14th Street Union Square station to preserve its history
  • Find a game-changing commuter tunnel with some of the most colorful mosaics in the system
Nick Cave subway mural
Photo by Robyn Roth-Moise

On this tour, you’ll get an in-depth tour of the subway’s art collection while uncovering the dynamic history of art in the subway, from the earliest installation at Fulton Center to the work of a famous pop artist in Times Square. Along the way, you’ll pick up insider secrets about installations from 34th Street to Union Square. This experience is perfect for art, history, and subway lovers alike!

Underground Art in the Subway Tour

subway art

Check out more photos of some of the art you’ll see in the gallery below!

  • Fulton Center Skynet

Next, check out 7 Examples of Abandoned Subway Art in NYC