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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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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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If you like to see the old subways that once ran on the miles of tracks in New York City, this is the place to go. The subway cars span the 100 or more years that the system has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like to see the old subways that once ran on the miles of tracks in New York City, this is the place to go. The subway cars span the 100 or more years that the system has been running. You can sit in one of the old cars from the 50s and think of what it must have... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hi. Kiddies Nice location, lots to see....... u need more? I geuss not, I said it all, But u could add some video footage, newreels from the early days, to make it more interesting for adults, Worth to visit, especially in a rainy day (it is indoor) With love...

Thank David W
Atlantic Beach, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've collected model trains all my life and when I realized there was a subway museum I had to go. Well, let me tell you I enjoyed the heck out of it. My first girl friend was a subway ride away in Coney Island and the cars I rode to see her back in the 60s are there. I count... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is in an old subway station and features lots of subway and transit related memorabilia. There are loads of old subway carts (on the real tracks) and things like old turnstiles etc. There are specific exhibits such as the building of the subways, and also the aftermath of 911. Its great value and I would highly recommend.

Thank 04housemat
Waterbury, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum takes you through the history of public transport in NYC. Exhibits show how the subways came to be and also cover some of the most significant events as they related to the system (911,Hurricane Irene). There are some minor interactive pieces to keep the kids involved and the old train cars are quite interesting and fun to enter,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great museum! Unfortunately during our visit the place was filled with young children who were completely out of control. Parents with the kids did nothing to keep the kids in control. We did our best to wander the displays avoiding the distractions. On another visit I would plan to spend half a day or more. This day it was... More 

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Mastic Beach, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Discovered this hidden gem a while back but never and decided to visit this weekend. Glad I did. Everyone in our party enjoyed ourselves here. Lots of history.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is very interesting. Not too expensive $7 or less. Has old trains with ads from last century to walk through. There are several exhibits discussing building of subway and discussion how they survived 911, Blizzards and Sandy.

Thank GregSCPA
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite part of the Transit Museum is the vintage subway cars you can board in the old subway station on the lower level. Subway cars from the 20's,30's, 40's, 50's, 60's... They also have buses children can pretend to drive.

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Lutz, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who would think that a transit museum would be a great place to bring kids? We took our 5-year-old and 2 year-old grandchildren, and they had a ball! As a history buff, so did I! You can "ride" a subway car from decades past or be the token lady in the token booth. There was story time for the children... More 

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