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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 #12 of 114 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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Towson, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I've always wanted to come here, but never made it until this time. It's a very informative museum with lots of exhibits and information, especially relating the original construction of the subway. Make sure to go downstairs to see old subway cars, and I found it awesome they preserved the ad cards of the period of the car. One warning.... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It is worth visiting for all age groups :) Museum is well done, with attractions, useful information, visuals. It is also nice to enter old metros or touch some of the devices which were used before. I do not like museums but this was super great :)

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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61 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Just about every type of subway and elevated train car you remember from your youth. Climb aboard, have a seat, and remember when. Don't miss it when in downtown Brooklyn.

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Berkley, MI
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The museum is neat because it's underground in an unused station. The museum itself is surprisingly comprehensive. Not only subways, but a ton on buses, etc. The best part for me was down on the platform where there were examples of subway cars from every era. Good for transit buffs and kids alike. The gift shop was cool and had... More

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Wayne , PA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Loved the freedom our 3 year old had to run on and off of subway cars and buses. Adults enjoyed experiencing transportation from years ago.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Whenever we take the train we always tell our kids to stay still, not to touch anything, and to not run around. This museum gives kids the opportunity to do what they don't have a chance to do every day, to touch and explore trains and see how all the parts are connected. For adults this is a great place... More

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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is one of our all time favourite places to visit when in NYC. A true 'hands on' museum to suit all ages. The museum is found underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Brooklyn, at the corner of Schermerhorn St and Boerum Place. It's closed on Mondays but open 10-4 Tues-Fri, and 11-5 at weekends. Admission is $7... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I recently moved to NYC and one of my students told me about this museum. She is a middle schooler and loved it. I had to check it out. It is a great part of downtown Brooklyn in a closed subway station that expands over an entire block. They had subway cars from 1900 to present you could wander through... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Not a museum where you can spend hours upon hours, but everything is very interesting. Seeing the old subway cars in person was a privilege. Pretty decent gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time. Didn't expect to enjoy myself as much my 1yo and my 4yo really enjoy the busses and trains. My teen enjoyed the walk thru and seeing the tokens and turn styles.

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