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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
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Great Place to Learn About the City's Transit History

I would recommend this museum even for people who may feel they are not interested in trains. It provides an interactive display of NYC's subway system from its inception to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jeffrey L
Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would recommend this museum even for people who may feel they are not interested in trains. It provides an interactive display of NYC's subway system from its inception to today's system. It can be fully enjoyed in about an hour so provides a nice get away from the elements outside.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was terrific to see some of the old subway cars that I remembered riding in when I was a child, more than half a century ago!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not much to write here,it was our last day of the trip,went all the way from times square by subway only to find out they close at 4pm,so be advised...Robert and Robert (Ohio)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't usually make the effort to review places I have visited but my experience at this excellent museum makes me want to recommend it. In summary: - Engaging displays with wide range or artefacts from subway history - Knowledgeable, friendly, articulate tour guide (Kathryn) - A human-led tour included within the admission price! - A perfect venue which added... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started our Brooklyn tour as the museum was not far from a metro station and was easy to reach from midtown. The fact that the museum is in an underground station itself also had the advantage to be partly cool (as air conditioned) on a very hot Sunday. The children loved the wagons from old times and the fact... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My son loves Trains so this place was a no brainer. Its nice to see the old trains from generations ago, You actually get to go on those trains sit in them etc, cool place very reasonably priced.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I defiantly recumbent to visit the museum if you love trains/subway. Even you don’t much care about transits, if your cities have subway systems, you should visit the museum! I actually had only one hour to visit, but fortunately I could join their free guided tour. My tour was small group - 5 or 6 people, so it was really... More 

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Westbury, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this visit. It was a wonderful historical visit that brought back many "transit" memories.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see for anyone interested in trains - learn all about one of the oldest subway systems in the world. Great kids programs, and even special events for autistic children who often are fascinated with trains and transportation (not sure how oftern these happen). Very interesting place to seek out during your visit to NYC.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway system. You can also see items related to buses , bridges and tunnels. It is located in an actual old subway station. It is a great place for train enthusiasts , as you can see and tour old subway cars. Even sit in them! There are... More 

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