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New York Transit Museum

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Address: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone Number: +1 718-694-1600
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Description: The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural...
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.
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A great small museum!

I've been a member of this museum for years. It is located in an actual former subway station and has many old subway cars on display. You can actually go inside of the subway... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Katonah, New York
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Katonah, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I've been a member of this museum for years. It is located in an actual former subway station and has many old subway cars on display. You can actually go inside of the subway cars, which is really fun for both children and adults. There are also displays on buses and other transit-related exhibits. As the museum is in a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This museum sounded unique enough to pay a visit while in Brooklyn. As others have written, much of it really is child-oriented. However, there is enough to keep the interests of adults. My favourite part, and the main reason I decided to go, was the vintage subway trains on the actual subway platform. It is a fantastic concept to be... More 

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Newburgh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The museum is in an old subway station. They have trains from all different eras with vintage advertisements that you can explore and a bunch interesting exhibits. This was definitely fun from the parents and the kids.

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

If you love new York subways and trains in general it's not to bad but for the most part I found it uninteresting so do your research before hand to make a better decision.

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We enjoyed the historical exhibits about building the subways and the science exhibits about powering the trains and busses. I especially liked the evolution of fare collection, but somehow we completely missed the train car exhibit. One unpleasant exhibit invited children to complete electrical connections. If they successfully completed the circuit, a very loud horn sounded, much to the delight... More 

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Eliot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

History from the digging of the New York Subway to the present.Lots of photos.Large selection of vintage train cars you can enter.Fun to see the advertising on the interior from the different eras.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I felt really inspired, going from train car to train car.....that's the best part, along with the first exhibit about workers, better than the exhibits that followed, more geared to kids. The screaming kids made it hard to really relax into imagining the various time periods my friend and I visited as we went from car to car. So next... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

First of all the museum is an underground train station. Once inside you go to a subway platform where there are many old subway cars to explore. There are old buses that children can pretend to drive, they are great for picture taking too. They have a cute little gift shop on your way out. This is the perfect place... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My sis in law lives in Brooklyn and this was one of the places she wanted to make sure we visited. I was a little skeptical and expected to be bored, but we all enjoyed it, including the kids! I especially liked seeing the commercial ads from each decade on the trains.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The museum is very cool, built is a decommissioned subway station that is still connected to the live subway system. They have an impressive collection of subway cars from the different times over the last 100 or so years. Perhaps the most fun part was the reproduction ads they have in each car from their archives of real subway ads... More 

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