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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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Hours:
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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This museum has a collection of subway cars that I rode when I was young. The R-33 subway car ran on the 7 Line.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This museum has a collection of subway cars that I rode when I was young. The R-33 subway car ran on the 7 Line.

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Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

fantastic! So much information. Kids and adults alike enjoyed. Plenty of exhibits. so much fun to walk through, and sit in the old train cars in the basement. I loved having access to the control room as well. It would be nice to see the how the transit system works today.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A small but very informative history of the New york transit system.Very informative overview of the N.y history of our subway system.Great for the entire family! Go down the stairs and see the many different aspects of the system!!! located in Downtown Brooklyn.

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New Haven, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A splendid overview of the subway system in New York. Don't miss the best part though -- near the exit is a second set of down-stairs: follow it to an old subway station full of vintage and antique subway cars!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

The NY Museum of Transit is a real little gem. It is housed in a disused subway station, which gives it a really authentic historical feel. There's a good variety of exhibits, covering tunnelling, electricity, turnstiles, ticketing & buses but the most fascinating part is downstairs on the tracks. Here you can enter a variety of subway cars from the... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Enter the transit museum through a real subway entrance, and explore the actual trains of years gone by! A cultural treasure, and a fascinating walk through the history of New York City. Great for tourists and New Yorkers alike.

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Sacramento
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It provides a wonderful overview of the building of the subway system, the energy needed to run it and a myriad of social issues. It was interesting to see how the subway cars, turnstiles, and payment system changed over time. It is amazing that someone had the vision and the leadership skills to pull the... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Granted, it helps if you have a thing for urban infrastructure or transportation systems but one of us can't claim any of that as her "thing" yet had a great time here as well. The museum is set in an old, no longer used subway station, which is an attraction on its own. There are many well-done exhibits and a... More 

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chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is an amazing museum that tells the history of the nyc subway system. Illustrated by large photos, actual items and small movies, the story of construction is told. An amazing feat, but not without human tragedy. There are lots of hands on exhibits for kids that teach about electricity. There are two highlights of the exhibit. One is that... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What a wee gem! This museum is fantastic. U have two preschoolers and the loved it, they had so much fun learning about all the subway trains.bthey had so much fun running in and out the trains, talking about how they changed through the years. They loved the little show about kinetic energy. They take a count of heads in... More 

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Additional Information about New York Transit Museum

Address: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone Number: +1 718-694-1600
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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