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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 112 attractions in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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, Ny
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54 reviews 54 reviews
45 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A bit of old time NYC public transportation history. You will enter a subway, board and view old subway cars. and learn their history. The lighting is poor but made to represent the lighting of the time. Museum store is expensive. If you NYC visit is for Photo taking, bring the camera. Shouldn't be high on your list but for... More

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's underground and it really looks like an entrance to a subway station, it could be easily missed. The downstairs (lower) portion of the museum was my favorite it had train cars from the early 1900's through the late 1980's that you could actually walk through and sit in. It was definitely worth the trip and for $7 reasonably priced... More

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Indianapolis
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I visited the museum with my daughter and her two children, ages 3 and 2. The price was very reasonable for New York, and the facility was very child friendly, with lots of displays they could touch and feel. The museum is a former subway station with a series of vintage subway cars that the kids liked to run through... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Unfriendly reception by harassed staff. On the upside it's cheap $7.00 - downside it's not worth that much.. Be warned this place is squarely aimed at kids and school parties - they take over the whole place and noise levels are high - especially from the museum staff taking the groups round acting up and patronising their audience with infantile... More

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Long Beach, NY
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41 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The New York Transit Museum is a hands-on museum with old subway trains and many interactive exhibits for children. Located in a subway station, the trains are assessable, not behind velvet ropes. I visited the museum on a Saturday, taking the 12pm guided tour given by Bob, a Transit Museum volunteer. Bob has extensive knowledge of the NYC transit system... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

On a recent visit to NY, I, my husband, son and his girlfriend visited the NY Transit Museum. For a mere $7 pp, ($5 for seniors) it began as a very interesting and informative trip back in history but quickly deteriorated due to, as one reviewer mentioned, "kids running around". Our guide, Katherine, was professional, knowledgeable and extremely tolerant of... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I've been coming here since I was a kid and always enjoy my visits. It's pretty cheap ($7) and as long as you don't mind the fact that there will be a ton of children running around, it's worth a visit. Not only do you get to enjoy the old trains, but they're full of period advertisements which can be... More

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Brisbane, Queensland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The New York Transit Museum is housed in an old subway station not far from the Brooklyn Borough Hall and is well worth a visit. The upper level of the station houses an exhibit on the construction of the subway, how the subway system is powered, the history of surface transport in NYC (buses, trolleybuses, trams etc.), a collection of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The museum is in an unused subway station so you enter by going down the stairs. Great pictures of the construction of the subway along with good descriptions. Also, they have various displays and subway cars from the beginning to the present.

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Staten Island, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This museum is great to take small kids. They offer a lot of hands on exhibits for the young ones. The lower level houses MANY vintage subway trains that you can walk onto. The cars sit on real tracks that occupy a closed but still functioning subway station. My 3 1/2 year old son Loves trains, and he wasn't disappointed... More

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