Penn Station Tours

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station


Go back in time and experience what it would have been to stand in the Old Penn Station before it was demolished, while discovering many of its remnants throughout today’s Penn station!

Starts at

$35

Tour Length

2 hours

There are two things most commuters don’t realize about Penn station history: First, there used to be a gorgeous Beaux Arts station that was demolished in the mid-60’s. Second: Parts of that old station can still be found today. They’ve just been buried under the arena that landed on top of them.

Although Amtrak only acknowledges one remnant remaining, tour participants will learn about station history and discover over a dozen remnants of the McKim, Mead & White building hiding in plain sight.

Penn Station tours will continue to be supported by photographic presentations of the station by renown photographers Norman McGrath, Peter Moore, and Aaron Rose, along with the work of railroad aficionados Alexander Hatos, an employee of Pennsylvania Railroad and Ron Ziel, a railroad historian.

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Tour
Highlights

  • Get a comprehensive history of the past, present and future of Penn Station.
  • See over a dozen indoor and outdoor old-station remnants hidden in plain sight.
  • Learn insider navigation tips for one of the most cramped and complicated transit hubs in North America.
  • See never-before-seen old station photos from the collections of three photographers who photo documented Penn’s life and demolition.
  • Each guest will also receive a framable, reproduction ticket of the first commuter ride into Pennsylvania Station from 1910.
  • Evocative of old Penn Station Justin was personable and knowledgeable about the history of Penn Station. He clearly evoked the old Penn Station. Amazing as Penn is again in transformation. Here's hoping for some of the grandeur - albeit contemporary - of the old station. More

    Christine H
  • Astounding The tour was fabulous and the guide was incredibly knowledgeable. I knew a lot about the history of Penn Station but learned many things I didn't know. I gained a much better understanding of what was left of the original Penn Station. I had been in Penn Station in the midst of the demolition in 1965. This tour gave me a much better perspective on what I had seen then. More

    lanceplanner2015
  • My husband & I just took the Remnants of Penn Station tour. It was terrific!! Justin, our tour guide, made it so interesting with his VAST knowledge and many photos. The ear pieces were also a huge help. I’ve lived here my whole life and saw and heard of things for the first time. Thank you for a job well done!

    Joyce C.
  • Fabulous tour by Justin! He was very enthusiastic about the station, full of information and pointed at a bunch of stuff I had never noticed before. This tour is great, don’t miss it!

    Dan B.
  • Thanks again for the wonderful tour of Penn Station that you gave us on July 24th. Your enthusiasm and knowledge made this tour a memorable experience for both me and my wife. It was wonderful to observe parts of the station that I've passed by numerous times but never noticed, like Maya Lin's sculpture and the meaning of the nearby mural. It was also great to see parts that I never passed-by before, like the long staircase to the platform (gate 17?) and the small area of original glass block flooring.Thanks again for an amazing tour.

    Alan L.
  • The tour today was awesome! As a former LIRR commuter who zipped through to0 fast to notice the hidden gems...thank you. Being an old Penn station fan myself, I gleaned a whole new appreciation and learned many new things today.

    Diane L
  • Hi Justin. It was a fantastic tour! Your passion and knowledge are overwhelming.  My husband and I were most impressed and are so glad we took the tour. We’re going to tell our friends to do the same.

    Deborah A.
  • This was a great tour, much new information, and great photos. Justin is definitely the expert on the subject of Penn Station

    Paul Besmertnik
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Penn Station Historic photo

Know Before You Go

Where To Meet
The meeting location is the NYPD Kiosk located inside Penn Station, adjacent to the LIRR waiting room and restrooms. Do not meet at 1 Penn Plaza. Penn Station’s exact address is 1 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10119

How To Get There
By Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 34th st Penn Station

What To Bring/Wear
Bring comfortable shoes

Frequently Asked Questions

How strenuous is the tour? How much walking will we do?

This tour is easy and most people can participate.

Is there an age limit or recommendation?

No age limitation.

Who will guide our tour?

One of our licensed NYC Tour guides.

Penn Station original interior
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