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New York Transit Museum

Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1 718-694-1600
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Ranked #11 of 114 Attractions in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Specialty Shops
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 in the United States devoted to urban public... more » 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. « less
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Kingston upon Hull, England
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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

A really interesting museum on two floors charting the history of public transport in New York. This provides an insight to the social fabric of the USA during the 20th century. For children there are many hands on interactive displays. It was a pleasure to spend some time here and it was, we felt, inexpensive.

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I'm a bit of a transport buff, and I love learning about the history of public transport systems, especially coming from London and seeing the contrasts between the Tube and the Subway. The museum is in an old subway station that was shut down decades ago, which is great in itself, and also means all the old trains down below... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have been to this museum many times and love it every time. I also happen to love trains and history, but I think I am still being objective. I would recommend this to anyone who has kids because they have tons of exhibits and workshops for children. Your kids will especially love pretending to drive a real bus! They... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The museum is located in a former subway station (below street level). Admission fees were $8 for adult and $5 for seniors. They have many old subway cars on display dating back to the early 1900's. Their is also a pictorial history of building the system in the early 1900's (very interesting). If you go during a warm period (temperature... More

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Towson, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I've always wanted to come here, but never made it until this time. It's a very informative museum with lots of exhibits and information, especially relating the original construction of the subway. Make sure to go downstairs to see old subway cars, and I found it awesome they preserved the ad cards of the period of the car. One warning.... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It is worth visiting for all age groups :) Museum is well done, with attractions, useful information, visuals. It is also nice to enter old metros or touch some of the devices which were used before. I do not like museums but this was super great :)

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
61 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Just about every type of subway and elevated train car you remember from your youth. Climb aboard, have a seat, and remember when. Don't miss it when in downtown Brooklyn.

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Berkley, MI
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The museum is neat because it's underground in an unused station. The museum itself is surprisingly comprehensive. Not only subways, but a ton on buses, etc. The best part for me was down on the platform where there were examples of subway cars from every era. Good for transit buffs and kids alike. The gift shop was cool and had... More

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Wayne , PA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Loved the freedom our 3 year old had to run on and off of subway cars and buses. Adults enjoyed experiencing transportation from years ago.

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Oslo, Norway
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Whenever we take the train we always tell our kids to stay still, not to touch anything, and to not run around. This museum gives kids the opportunity to do what they don't have a chance to do every day, to touch and explore trains and see how all the parts are connected. For adults this is a great place... More

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