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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
11:00 am - 5:00 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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Brooklyn Bridge Side Trip

It's within walking distance of both Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn TKTS discount theatre sales point, so in combination with one of those visits, this museum is worth a look... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Vancouver, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's within walking distance of both Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn TKTS discount theatre sales point, so in combination with one of those visits, this museum is worth a look. All the old subway cars through NYC's transit history (complete with period era ads) were neat to see and lots of info on the history. My one suggestion is to... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a little bit transport geekery but a great museum of the history of transport in NYC with a heavy focus on Manhattan and subways. It is a trip off the island of course but combine with some of the other attractions a few subway stops away and it is worth the effort.

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved this place and learning about the history of the subway in NYC. Great place to take children as there are buttons to press and real coaches to sit in and engines to pretend you can drive - my husband had a whale of a time with this! Very reasonably priced for how long we actually spent in there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was pleasantly surprised with how much this museum had to offer. In addition to an elaborate history of how the subways were conceptualized, dug and operationalized, the museum had artifacts of tools used in digging and developing the subway system as we know it. Additionally, there were subway cars from different decades as well as turnstiles and "ticket takers."... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place located underground. Son enjoyed the buses and going outside to bus fair. No elevators so if u go with stroller have to carry up and down. Great to see old trains, tokens and meters. Its cool for a few hours and if you have a kids who like trains or buses nice place to visit.

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

I went here one afternoon with my friend (both 21) as we were in the Brooklyn area. Great museum not only about the history of New York transport, but also how the system has had to respond to emergencies and storms. Easy to understand without too much information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, we are not really museum people, but decided to go here after some research. Found the museum to be well worth the money. They have a wonderful selection of subway cars, all of which you could walk through and sit it to get a feel for how it was to travel at that time. We took the opportunity to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set underground in the former Court Street subway station this museum in Brooklyn has so much to offer anyone interested in big city transport with its walk on subway train carriages through the ages. Most people visiting NYC will stick to the big sights in Manhattan and miss this little gem. An extensive exhibition of the role played by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm the annoying guy that lingers and reads all the written information. This museum covers that in spades. The 9/11 exhibit was especially moving for me. This museum would be a great visit either before or after lunch on a day of exploring Brooklyn. I enjoyed walking through the old trains and spending time and money in the very well... More 

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

They have a great collection of subway cars dating back decades, and you can walk through them! We (2 adults) had a great time, and kids would love it. There's also a bus driver mockup made just for kids.

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