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New York Transit Museum

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Address: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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+1 718-694-1600
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

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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Off the beaten path in Brooklyn!

We were looking for something different to do with our kids, and the NY Transit Museum did not disappoint! Our elementary-aged sons thought the historical artifacts (turnstiles... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were looking for something different to do with our kids, and the NY Transit Museum did not disappoint! Our elementary-aged sons thought the historical artifacts (turnstiles, buses, and trains) were really cool, and the grown-ups in our group enjoyed learning a little more about the history of the transit system and opportunities for further improvement. We were thrilled to... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been wanting to go to this museum for years and finally had the chance last weekend; it did not disappoint. As the literature states, the Transit Museum is located in a decommissioned subway station from the 1930's. That just makes the entire visit all the more authentic in feel since the only way to enter the museum is... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Neat musuem to visit if (like I do) you find transit and subways interesting. It's in an old subway station, which makes it even cooler. Lots and lots of restored old subway cars to see. Would be a great place for kids (except possibly for the exhibit on 9/11 which is kind of intense).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the 'trek' to Brooklyn on a day-off to finally check out the Transit Museum & were surprised how quickly we arrived (via subway) and how interesting this museum was. Perfect for kids, but even our tweens enjoyed checking out the well-documented/presented history of subways and buses in NYC. Seating available for our 'picnic' broke up the visit, and... More 

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Riga Region, Latvia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was 3 days in New York with my grandchild, 2 years old. Spent a whole afternoon here with him. Great. He could run, climb and feel free. A little boys dream, Loads of trains/Trams to look and he could sit behind the wheel of a bus. Great for children. There was alot of interesting information about transitt but I did... More 

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Weyburn, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Brooklyn museum isn't very large so you don't have to devote a lot of time to it, but it does tell interesting stories of the building of the subways and the impact of 9/11 and hurricanes. There were lots of families there and children seemed to be getting as much out of it as adults.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back in 1976 when this place opened, I was one of maybe 12 people who knew about it. Literally hundreds of people per hour are flowing through here and it's worth it. Tons of information, the real deal as far as the subway cars from 1904 till now, great gift shop. Don't miss it.

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Ottawa, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Family friendly huge museum to walk through time of New York subway transit. Coaches (with ads) from throughout their history and outstanding displays to get look and feel of early subway excavation and the role of transit during major crises. Not much of a shopper but fun appropriate store too.

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We where unsure what to do for an hour when we spotted a poster on the subway and off we went , as we entered down the disused subway steps we was not expecting much , how wrong where we it like The Tardis down there even if you not a train spotter so many interesting displays , it only... More 

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Catch all the trains you've missed, if you're like me a train fan this is a place that can't be missed. Great collection of historic NYC subway cars.

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