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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 #11 of 115 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I love this museum!!! Very COOL!!!! And very different!!! AND I hate museums...its a small museum yet has just he right amount of cool stuff. Whenever friends or family come to visit, this is one stop I recommend!!! When I went I believe they took 'donations',so you put in whatever you felt was okay. The admission is now $15.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

If you have any interest in subways and or busses, if you have any interest of the nyc bus and subway history, this is the place to visit. Nicely done.

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New York City, New York
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Was surprised when I walked in because I wasn't expecting much from this museum. But it was chock full of really interesting information, pictures, and exhibits. I'd say give yourself at least an hour to walk around, especially downstairs you're going to want to go into all the different subway cars and see the old ads and read about when... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This museum isn't just about seeing the change in subway cars over the years. In fact every subway car has been kept intact with the original ads and through the ads you can really learn about popular culture throughout the past several decades. That to me was the most interesting part.

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This was a fabulous experience, but I needed more than the one hour I had allotted to it. It tells the story of New York's public transit system including how it is powered. You can walk into preserved subway cars from many different eras. It's an amazing story and makes you wonder what Toronto's problems are with building proper public... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I was really looking forward to this museum, as I like anything transit related. It did not disappoint! Admission was very reasonable, and the exhibits were fantastic. Lots of explanations of how things work (e.g. Electrical power generation past and present) in addition to lots and lots of historical pieces. There were interactive displays for kids and adults alike, and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This museum is worth a visit. The exhibits are informative and bring back memories for us older folk. Kids get to board trains from different time periods. Ours loved it.

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Ballina, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We nearly missed seeing all the subway cars as we meandered through this lovely little museum. We were very interested in the history of the subway system here and there is much to tell about the building of this massive system. I can see why kids would enjoy this, but so did we. It was especially nice to be able... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Parents like to bring their kids here. To show them what subway travel used to be like in the earlier days of this type of travel. The museum is an actual no-longer-in-use downtown Brooklyn subway station filled with exhibits, old cars, and subway accoutrements from a bygone era. The restored cars still show the old advertisements from 50, 60, and... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Ride old subway cars and buses (they are stationary but fun nonetheless). It's downstairs in an old subway station. A great time for both adults and children. There are new exhibits all the time. Great for school trips as well.

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