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New York Transit Museum

Address: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone Number: +1 718-694-1600
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion, Museums
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...
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Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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new york, ny
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed this museum. As someone who grew up in NYC, the old cars and turnstiles were a blast from the past. But perhaps even more interesting was the exhibition on the history of the building of the subway. Incredible how much planning and work were involved. Be sure to look at the ads on the old subway cars.... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Good place to visit with family and friends part of the history of new york. Friendyl staff. Seeing and standing in the old style trains fun

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Brooklyn, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The kids are the excuse to go but you are likely to enjoy it as much or than they do! An incomparable display of NYC history.

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Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband is a railroad fan, and so this museum had been on our list of possible sites to visit for some time. I am not remotely interested in railroads, and neither is my teenage daughter, but we had a great time at this museum. The displays really drew us all in. I was particularly fascinated by the very large,... More 

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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This museum is to NYC what the Sewer Museum is to Paris! The transit system in NYC is, and has been, existential to this city and its development. I so enjoyed coming here! The museum is at a former subway station and the subway tracks are filled with various train and subway cars--all with their original advertising and seating--from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The setting is great for such a series of exhibits... gives you a much greater appreciation for what went into building the New York Subway system and the challenge of keeping it going.

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Montgomery, AL
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Go downstairs at the NYTM and you will feel like a little boy or girl grasping your grandmother's hand. As you walk from subway car to subway car (perfectly reproduced right to the ads overhead) on an actual subway track in an abandoned station, you will not believe the history you can cover in just a few hundred steps. Stop... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Build in actual train station, shows historic train cars and provides interesting inside story of NYC subway system

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

$7 for a ticket to what I consider is to be the greatest, low budget experience museum in NYC. As a huge fan of different kinds of transportation, this museum was totally worth visiting. A great museum if you enjoy the history of the NYC transport. The museum has got two floors, the main floor and a basement. The main... More 

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Indaiatuba, SP
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

An amazing museum. Perfect to know the subway, buses, bridges and transportantion in NYC. Very cheap!

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