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“For the transit geek”

New York Transit Museum
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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.
Seattle, WA
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“For the transit geek”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Interesting history of the subway, buses, and how they brought together the city of New York. Lots of kids (and perfect for them). Built in an old subway station, has many of the old trains there as well.

Visited January 2013
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“you and your kids will love it.”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

My son loved playing with the manipulatives they have on display.. from a city bus and pretending to be a bus driver to going through old fashioned turnstiles the family will find something interest. For fun , do what we did and host your child's birthday party or other even in the museum for 90 minutes or more fun with family and friends!

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Brooklyn, NY
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“#1 spot to take your kids”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This place has made my son and all of his cousins when they visit very happy. Here they can run in and out of old subway cards, drive a city bus, and learn all about how the subway was built -- all in an actual (decommissioned) subway stop. Don't miss the gift shopforgreat one-of-a-kind gifts.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Transport yourself through history”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

I've visited the museum twice and found different exhibits and items of interest each time. As someone who rides the subway every day I found it fascinating to see how the subway was built as well as the subway cars of old times. One of the most interesting things I learned on the tour (definitely go on a free tour!) was the origin of the subway door closing chime. Before automated doors the conductors used to notify the car behind them that their car was good to go by sounding a chime. So, each car heard two chimes/bells and then the doors closed. Pretty cool.

Visited July 2012
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“fun museum for all ages”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

If you are a transportation buff or you want a taste of what it was like to ride the subway form the past then I highly recommend a trip to the NY Transit Museum. It is a hands on museum, so you are able to board the different subway cars and buses. Please note it is underground.

Visited January 2013
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