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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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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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Unexpected Gem

My sis in law lives in Brooklyn and this was one of the places she wanted to make sure we visited. I was a little skeptical and expected to be bored, but we all enjoyed it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

My sis in law lives in Brooklyn and this was one of the places she wanted to make sure we visited. I was a little skeptical and expected to be bored, but we all enjoyed it, including the kids! I especially liked seeing the commercial ads from each decade on the trains.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

NY has lots of cool small museums. This one if great. It has a history of subways tunnels being dug and stations being built. There is a good short movie to watch AND actual old subway cars.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Little adventure for any Family! .. This attraction may not have many things to show but you will be surprise how organize it is! The best part the Classic trains they have! Educate Yourself and learn how technology had move on! enjoy it people! ..

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california
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It's a nice, low key place for an afternoon with the kiddies, but I'm wishing we had skipped it.....

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Sugar Land, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Maybe the best museum in NYC if you're touring with kids! Don't be intimidated by the Brooklyn address; it's the first stop in Brooklyn on the 4 and 5 trains and very easy to get to. Tons of hands-on stuff for kids, including buses to "drive," electricity to generate, and an entire platform of subway cars to explore, including cars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We visited last summer on a day with few other visitors. It was almost eerie how the turnstiles and old subway and train cars seemed to make us feel as if we had gone back in time. I love how the museum is in an old station below ground. And then I sat and watched Michael Jackson perform the video... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Situated in a nice part of Brooklyn this museum is relatively small but is great for the train enthusiast. It is on the site of an old subway station and the platforms are home to different subway carriages across the ages. You can walk in and around these. I arrived just as it opened and had the platform area to... More 

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Isle of Man
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Not as good as I thought it should have been - perhaps more about the construction of the Metro system would have been better. The carriages downstairs were rather repetitive, but the advertisements in them took you back a year or two! Gift shop could have had cheaper things in for school trips etc

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Cute place to visit with kids. Many of hands on activities for kids to do. Have taken kids here few times. They enjoyed it every time.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Came here as it was included in New York Pass. Boys and hubby enjoyed but I found it boring. oops sorry. Some parts were interesting but smaller museum than I thought so after and hour we were ready to move on. Smaller children and train spotters would enjoy!! Inexpensive to get in if you don't have the pass.

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