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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
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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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Great Family Fun!

This museum is a Dooley Family favourite and each time we go we are always impressed. Lots of varied exhibits covering transport, history, social science and fine art so there is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The highlight of the museum is the bottom level where you can walk through dozens of old subway cars from different eras of transit in NYC. The upstairs has a cool kids area. There is a bit of a heavy focus on transit response during 9/11 which is a little bit jarring. Also, because it's an old converted subway station,... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a Dooley Family favourite and each time we go we are always impressed. Lots of varied exhibits covering transport, history, social science and fine art so there is always something for everyone...bring your wallet tho as the gift shop is ACE!....(see what I did there...Ha!) ;)

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My teenage sons were tired of the usual fine arts or even natural history type museums (been there, done that). I read about this on TripAdvisor. We stayed 2 hours and still didn't cover everything. The overall flow of the museum (which is housed in an actual subway terminal) is so well done. There is the early history with black... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Any New Yorker, or even a visitor, should stop by this interesting "museum" to view vintage Subway trains and vintage photos of the building of the NY Subway System. Cost is minimal. Get directions as it can be tricky to locate. There are plenty of fast food locations in the area after your tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have gone here three times now, there are some changing exhibits (I miss the Miss Subway exhibit) you get to go in trains with the ads for each era, the turnstiles and tokes are fun to see again.. the Sandy/Irene/ and 911 exhibit is very good..highly recommended. Plan at least 2-3 hours to fully enjoy.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is in an old subway station. So for the kids who have never been on a subway its very exciting for them to be in a station and go through the turnstyles. There are many subways on display dating back to the earliest 20th century. I liked seeing all the old advertisements and how the subway cars changed... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fine way to spend an hour, the prices not unreasonable ($10 for adults). Felt more like a special exhibit than a stand alone museum, not exceptionally informative and no docents to offer insights. The bottom floor is a series of old subway cars which was a delight, though I can pay $2.75 to see those live and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are into Americana if any kind, you will enjoy this museum. It is very well laid out and includes both history of creation of the transit system and the recovery process from recent events like 9/11 and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. Lower floor has a large selection of train cars from various eras - the advertising posters in... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much much better than our last visit!!! There are guardrails up now in the subway area making it much safer. Staff much friendlier and helpful than last time...In fact one of the extra stars is for the amazing visitor and staff who collectively returned my purse that I accidentally left in the family bathroom. All valuables were intact....Props to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is good for young and old. Usually not at all crowded. Kids can sit in the trolley seats and pretend to drive. Adults can see a good collection of subway memorabilia.

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