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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

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 blast of NY Transit history

A great museum. There is a great exhibit about how the New York Transit system has coped with various events (9/11, Hurricane Sandy) but the main selling point are the various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Leeds, UK

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Leeds, UK
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great museum. There is a great exhibit about how the New York Transit system has coped with various events (9/11, Hurricane Sandy) but the main selling point are the various subway cars from the last 100 years that are exhibited on a live subway track (albeit in a now disused subway station)

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Brooklyn, NY, USA / Caldas da Rainha, PT
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The New York Transit Museum is not one of New York's giants, but I highly recommend a visit. If for nothing else, you should see the old subway cars and take trip through the city's past. Most of the visitors were families with young children, but my friend and I (both early 40s and residents of Brooklyn) enjoyed the subway... More 

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Darien, Connecticut
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good place for kids 4- 11, especially on a rainy day. They can 'drive' a bus and walk through old subway trains. Not much 'in-depth' stuff for buffs, but a nice overview for those not familiar with NYC's transit history. Considerable amount of info on storm damage from Sandy & Irene along with subsequent alterations in system's adaptations... was hoping... More 

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Huntington, New York
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183 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We planned an outing to the NY Transit Museum and were very pleasantly surprised at how well done it was. We were expecting to spend just a few moments going through the exhibits and the subway cars and wound up spending the better part of the day. If you can - grab a tour with James. He is an excellent... More 

Thank justgotravel
Rhode Island
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211 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you know of someone who has a fascination with trains, this is the place to take them. This is a smaller museum as compared to others in the area. Staff is friendly and appear to enjoy their job. The price is right- I think it was about $7 for adults and $5 for Seniors. Cheap for NYC. Closed on... More 

Thank Keesar
Staten Island
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love trains or if someone in your family loves trains , this is the place to go. You will get an education when your there. You will walk into trains from the past , its very special . Bring a camera.

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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon the NY Transit Museum after finding out parts of the Guggenheim were closed for renovation! What a gem in NY history; what a gem of a find! The tour is a must, so plan accordingly!! Our tour guide Katherine was informative, interesting, and super sweet. Her knowledge regarding the history of the transit system in New York... More 

Thank Emelia P
Albany, New York
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I brought my boys (ages 5 and 3) to explore the Transit Museum, one I had never been to in NYC. This museum was reasonably priced and looked small enough to conquer on my own with two kids. They are a little too young to appreciate the museum in its entirety. We loved that the entrance was down subway stairs,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic small museum showing the history of public transport in NY and what it takes to keep the transport network moving in the most difficult of circumstances. There were exhibits showing how the staff dealt with hurricanes and of course with 9/11. There was a collection of old subway ticket barriers which was strange fascinating. Downstairs there is an old... More 

Thank Kate S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our whole family enjoyed the visit to this museum, located underground in a former subway station. The adults could learn about how the subway was constructed in the early 1900s while the kids had the chance to walk through olden subway turnstiles and drive model buses & trains. Don't miss the lower level, which features dozens of train cars through... More 

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