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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Riga Region, Latvia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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 7 January 2017

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 6 January 2017

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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