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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Very interesting museum. Great for families

I found the museum very comprehensive inits display of subway cards throughout the history. The location inside an abandoned subway station is also very poignant . Great for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Tel Aviv, Israel

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I found the museum very comprehensive inits display of subway cards throughout the history. The location inside an abandoned subway station is also very poignant . Great for children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is interesting for the history of the NY transit system, showing old subway cars, which you can walk into and sit down, starting back in the early 1900's. What I found fascinating was reading the old advertisements in the trains, some scary (not politically correct) and some hilarious! Located in an old unused subway station (of course), there... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Fun place to spend a couple hours - with or without kids! Lots of life size exhibits and hands-on demos. See the history of transportation in NYC -- from horse-drawn carriages to the current subway system. Learn about the amazing feat of constructing this massive subway system. Ever wonder how they put the subway underneath the river? Come find out!

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The New York Transit Museum is located in a technically still functioning station in Brooklyn, and is filled with information about the NYC transit system. I can spend hours reading and planning routes -- and marveling at the obsession so many transit folks have for all of the history. Heaven forbid the curator make a mistake! But if you have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

You can definitely learn quite a lot about NYC's transport history from this museum. Being located in an old, yet technically still functional subway station makes it all the more interesting. Also loved all the old subway carriages that were on display in the station, which you could go into and have a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

i met the NYTM by chance... and it became my favorite museum in NYC! there's a lot of information and pictures in this small museum. it wll surprise you. and the store... the store is FULL of interesting and different gifts!

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Slangerup, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I liked to see the really old railroad cars. We arrived a bit late so we were short on time. Could have spent more time there. There are some exhibits that will make it fun for families with kids also. and the adults can have fun looking at the old advertising signs. Maybe bring back Etti-cat to combat "Man spreading"?... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Good museum, interesting for children and adults alike. Can be done in about an hour of you take your time. But be prepared for lots of kids. Would recommend going on a weekday if possible.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A good way to spend an afternoon. The exhibits were informative, and the fact that the public is able to enter the old trains and sit down is cool. It's a very hands on type of museum. The kids loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The entrance to this museum looks like a subway entrance. You will descend downstairs to enter. I walked by the entrance a couple times before I realized this. Great historical trains and presentations. Cute gift shop. Convenience to many subway stops.

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