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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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Ner York Transit Museum

Enjoy the history of the subways. Sit in old time New York City Subway cars that are adorned with posters from the period of each car. There's also a bus mock up to sit in. Great... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoy the history of the subways. Sit in old time New York City Subway cars that are adorned with posters from the period of each car. There's also a bus mock up to sit in. Great for adults and kids.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As a mass transit buff from way back this museum was a must see for my trip. The history of how the subway was dug and the racial interactions and divides was very interesting. The old turnstiles, models, buses and tokens all filled out the history of the subway. The many carriages, some more than 100 years old were a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good for smaller kids, though there's a huge exhibit on 9/11 and other emergencies that left my kid with a lot of questions she didn't like the answers to. It's in an old subway station, so it's kind of cramped, not a lot of room to move in either the shop or through the exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had some extra time in Brooklyn and decided to check out this museum. I wish I had planned ahead for some additional time because it was really interesting. You could easily spend 2+ hours here because there is quite a bit of information to read, watch and listen to. The photographs and description of building the subway system was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really loved this step back in time to learn about the history of the NYC transit system. Really loved the old subway cars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is hidden away in Brooklyn (get the subway to Borough Hall) but is an absolute gem. The museum is is an old subway station and takes you through the history of public transport in NYC including the building of the subway. Lots of information about the development of technology, see the history of turnstiles. Downstairs you go onto... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on our recent trip to NY and were most impressed by the exhibits in the museum. It's housed in an old subway station which adds to the theme and the exhibit of the old subway cars on the platforms is excellent. Very good value for money and worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good museum for children and adults alike. Great collection of old subway cars and de net gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The New York Transit Museum was very impressive.This is such a hidden gem. This museum is very interesting and very educational.So much things to learn about the history of the the transit trains, even the tokens used ,and turnstiles used etc etc. You need about a good 3 to 4 hours here in the museum. I will definitely come back... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went w our son and he loves all trains. It was really cool. There were a lot of subway cars from past and present. Some cool interactive displays as well

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