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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: Shopping, Group tours/walking tour
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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Unexpectedly wonderful museum.

Housed in a disused subway station. Great sciencey, transportation-related exhibitions and demonstrations. Don't miss the vintage subway cars (with repros of vintage ads!) on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Housed in a disused subway station. Great sciencey, transportation-related exhibitions and demonstrations. Don't miss the vintage subway cars (with repros of vintage ads!) on the lower level. A must-see if you have kids (tweens and under).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Lots and lots of info to read and lots and lots of cars to wander through. I was trying to go through while a large group of 12 year old boys on a field trip were racing and yelling and generally having a good time. I would suggest going earlier in the morning!

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Newton, Mass
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was floored by the incredible amount of great trivia and history in this old subway station converted into a museum. The collection of old subway cars you can walk in and out of (some of which I am old enough to have ridden in) and the stories behind them and the construction of the subway is unparalleled. But best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Worth a stop - with or without children! Don't miss the lower level with cars from the 30's until today!

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Allendale, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Great to see all the old rolling stock which I had ridden on over the years. Very nice exhibits and you are able to acces all the different types of train cars. Everything nicely restored. Lots of information and displays to read too. Worth a visit!

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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This museum may not be a 'must see' on everyone's lists, but it should be! As someone who has an interest in civil engineering and history, this museum does a great job of combining both into one cohesive experience. What I find fascinating is how the subways were built back in the early 1900's and the museum provides a lot... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Love trains, even not, you will love this place. We visited on a random Sunday with the family, and it was not crowded at all. The place is big, lots of trains to see. You will enjoy yourself.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We've been to New York enough times that my 9 year old and 11 year old were feeling burned out on art museums and the Museum of Natural History. On a whim, we decided to strike out to Brooklyn to the Transit Museum. What a fabulous museum for all of us! As a NYC history buff, I loved learning how... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Our kids loved riding the subway and truly enjoyed then reading and seeing the history of how the subway was built, powered, and the old rail cars used over time. Really cool museum; our boys ages 4 & 8 really enjoyed it.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a great museum to visit. There are displays about the building of the subways which were fascinating to read, but if you have little ones it's easy to skip the reading and get straight to the interactive portions. But the best part is where they have retired subway cars dating from the old elevated railroads up until today.... More 

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