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“Great for locals and tourists”

New York Transit Museum
Ranked #12 of 235 things to do in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I work near here and finally satisfied my curiosity. You could spend an hour to half a day learning about the NYC transit history and how the whole system works. In addition to history and nostalgia for trains, trolleys, and buses, the exhibits show amazing photographs of how the subway system was built. There are some great explanations for how the trains run, too, so your brain won't be bored.

Thank ndmny
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

The transit museum is a better than expected excursion just a subway ride away from the jammed streets of Manhattan. Located in an actual (no longer used) station, you enter by climbing down stairs to the station. Lots of history, lots of hand on exhibits and programs for kids, and a sobering education about what it took to create the subway system for adults. Wonderful collection of old subway cars, turnstiles, and then and now pictures of the Miss Subways. A great attraction.

Thank KarenK26
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

If you like old New York, visit this great museum. Anyone born in the 1930's-1940's will remember riding these "antique"cars. It's a great place for the kids as well as nostalgia buffs.

Thank regobob
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The size and scope of this museum is unprecedented. Situated in an abandoned subway station in Brooklyn it gives you a history of both the subway and surface lines that is second to none. At 60 years old I felt like a child again. The subway cars from the turn of the century until now is a trip that takes you back in time. As someone who grew up loving the subway and "el" in Chicago to see the history behind this magnificent system is awesome. Great for children from ages 6 to 60! One of the highlights of my trip.

Thank Gary Z
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Interesting exhibits tell the story of the MTA, with an emphasis on the workers who built it 100 years ago. Great collection of old cars on the platform of a formerly used station.

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