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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 #13 of 92 Attractions in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Shops, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
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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.
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I had a bit of time to kill while in Brooklyn and decided to check the museum out. It was pretty average, nothing extraordinary, and the admission was only $7 so not badly priced. I went on a Friday morning and there were a ton of young kids-there are several hands-on exhibits for kids. The best part for me was... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Went on a Sunday. Was HORRIBLE!! I'm a single middle aged adult. I wanted to read the placards. There were well over 100 screaming children aged 2-6 all over the place. They didn't respect the adults. They just wanted to push every button and sit in every seat regardless of the result. I left with such a headache and little... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Museum gives a detailed explanation of the history of the subway system and is appropriately situated in an old subway station, Explains how it was built and the people who built it. Fascinating displays and a good selection of 'hands on' exhibits. There are also a number of subway carriages throughout the years which you can get onto. Very good... More

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Bronx, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The New York Transit Museum is a must if you are a train enthusiast or if you just want to take a look back at New York City History. There are a number of different era subway cars and other artifacts to pique your interest whether young or old. My son for one could not believe trains used to have... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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156 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Situated in the former Court Street subway station, this is a real gem - not just subway trains, but a few buses, trams, trolleybuses and stories of real people who worked on the transit system. Unfortunately I cannot recall what the admission fee was, but it was certainly very reasonable. All the staff were very friendly and offered additional information... More

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New York City, New York
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12 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Full disclosure: I have not been to the Museum itself but I have gone to the gift shop numerous times for really cool things that you won't find anywhere else. Obviously, the theme is the subway and buses (which we call the MTA) of NYC and you will likely want to buy several items if you browse around. Books, clothes,... More

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Neptune, New Jersey
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15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Both my husband and I have an interest in transit history. This museum is not just for kids,but it is for those of us who have an interest in how the subway's were made-who made them. Interested in learning about the transit system above ground. The fact that the museum is in an old subway station makes it more inviting.... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are many actual subway cars on unused track in this underground museum. Since I have ridden NYC subways since the early 50s (my mom holding my hand then) this was a trip down memory lane. Loved it. Great shop too. Staff helpful and cheerful.

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

I've long wanted to visit this museum to see the trains I remember from my childhood. Yes, that was interesting, and I also enjoyed seeing the old turnstiles and tokens. Otherwise I wouldn't make a special trek to Brooklyn, unless you are a train buff.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We did the Irish outcast tour with an energetic "Educator" ie guide with a bit more umph! The pace of the session was at times turgid and she borded on a rather simplistic interpretation of recent Irish history and relationships with the British. The actual rooms etc are interesting so it would have been good to have some information around... More

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