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New York Transit Museum

Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1 718-694-1600
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Ranked #12 of 113 attractions in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Specialty Shops
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Owner description: The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions, is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public... more » Owner description: The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions, is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since its inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences. « less
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Brooklyn, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I recently moved to NYC and one of my students told me about this museum. She is a middle schooler and loved it. I had to check it out. It is a great part of downtown Brooklyn in a closed subway station that expands over an entire block. They had subway cars from 1900 to present you could wander through... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Not a museum where you can spend hours upon hours, but everything is very interesting. Seeing the old subway cars in person was a privilege. Pretty decent gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time. Didn't expect to enjoy myself as much my 1yo and my 4yo really enjoy the busses and trains. My teen enjoyed the walk thru and seeing the tokens and turn styles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you haven't bothered about going to this Museum go and visit. This is housed in an unused underground station attached to Borough Hall Station and has a large number of the older MTA carriages. It is also interesting to see how the underground has been built and developed over the years. Worth the effort to get to from Manhattan.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a good place not just for the kids but the kid in all of us. The lower level features a collection of all historical versions of the elevated and subway passenger cars as well as several engines. The upper level features the buses as well as a variety of subway specialized equipment. I was there the last week... More

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New York City, New York
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Loved seeing the old cars I used to ride as a child! Very well preserved. What is really cool is that it is in an old subway stop! A must go!

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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Since the transit system is down under in NYC, it was only fitting that the NY Transit Museum is as well. Get place for kids as they can't get away and lots to climb on. As an adult very informative. Recommend it...only takes about an hour

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a great place to take the kids so that they can see how much NYC transit has changed over the years....especially the trains. Lots of memoribilia.

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Tampa, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Well, except for the tons of small children being out on field trips, I would say this is a worth while exhibit to take a look at. Being a senior, it was free for my sister and I. The man at the ticket counter was a hoot! He was more fun than the museum lol. It's not necessary for a... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

we enjoyed learning how the subway system was build. Lots of photos and stories to read. Actual older cars to visit as well.

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