New York Transit Museum
New York Transit Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Katie S
    Doncaster, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile Visit
    The Museum is easy to find - there are helpful directions on the website and then it is well signposted locally. I love that the entrance is the same as entering a subway station! The ticket price was very reasonable and the staff at the ticket booth were efficient, polite and friendly. The Museum itself is very interesting. It focusses mainly on the subway but does have references to buses in places too. It has great elements of history and trivia to read as well as some interactive stuff such as the old ticket barriers and old train carriages. I loved that the train carriages were set up in an old subway station too. There were so many little touches of authenticity and interest for all ages, whether you're a transit buff or not!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • DrAWmd
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Met up with friends at this museum and completely underestimated how informative and interesting it would be. The write ups as well as the photographs build a clear picture of what it meant to build the subway in the early days. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • LondonE7
    Toronto, Canada804 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for train enthusiasts
    Great historical museum showing a hundred year history from the original construction to modern day. Also get to experience trains from each decade and explore inside. Friendly staff. Need to look up directions from Borough Station beforehand though there are some direction signs posted.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Try2TravelSustainably
    Hamilton, Canada395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem of NYC history
    We were there during a weekday and there were a lot of school groups there. Lots to read and see. Well worth the visit. Well done info panels, old cars and toll collection machines.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • chukosh
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out the way, but super cool.
    Ok. So my daughter wanted to go here. I was indifferent. So glad I went!! It amazing to me how the low tech construction of the NYC subway system still functions more than a century later. They have old train cars to see and the story of the system is really interesting. It starts with decision to build the system and takes you up to today’s system.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • RoadtripMommy
    163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see museum for transit riders!
    Riding the subways is a requirement in NYC! And what better way to learn more about it than the NY Transit Museum? It is a fantastic museum that not only provides the history of the subways but they also have historical cars that you can walk through. In addition to the subway system, you can also learn about the trams, buses, etc. I loved the section about the various tokens and meters used over the years. Did you know they use old train cars as artificial reefs? This is a must-see museum, especially if you have little ones! After visiting, you can take a quick bus ride to DUMBO for a nice meal or snack.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,012 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb Collection of Vehicles
    I am so glad I found out about the New York Transit Museum before I visited New York as I was able to make plans to visit and really enjoy what it had to offer! The museum is located in a former subway station and is just behind Brooklyn Town Hall. As it is a subway station you have to use steps to get down onto the concourse and then down onto the platforms. I did not see any lifts to use. I received a friendly greeting from the staff. I had booked my ticket online and saved it to my phone so when I arrived they simply scanned the image and I was free to explore. The museum has an extensive number of images and information about the construction of the subway in Manhattan and the other boroughs. It is very interesting and also humbling to see the conditions the workers had to endure and also how some of them died during the construction of the subway. In addition to information about the subway there is also displays relating to buses and how they have evolved over the years to the modern buses that are running around the city now. Another display they have is about the different tokens that people used and there is an entertaining collection of fake tokens that were used by dishonest passengers. By far the most interesting part of the museum for me was the collection of Subway cars from the ages. All of them are in perfect condition and it is easy to imagine them rattling along the tunnels and elevated sections. One of the things that made me chuckle was the original adverts that are still in place on the carriages. People say about the past being a different time. When you look at these adverts it truly makes you realise how different attitudes were in the past. Of course a visit to a museum is not complete without checking out the gift shop. The gift shop at the Transit Museum is impressive and there are a variety of things to buy depending on your age or wallet. Highly recommended!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, Connecticut2,612 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Former subway station that opened in 1904
    This former Old City Hall subway station closed in 1945 which was lavished with wonderful architectural details (yes, chandeliers too). The NYC Transit Museum hosts tours of the abandoned station for members only. Best to go on a bright, sunny day so the area can be illuminated by the ceiling's skylight.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 15, 2023
  • vette999
    Port Saint Lucie, Florida159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    Went on a recent Saturday. Parents, grandparents and a 2 yr old. Arrived around 11am and already busy. Lots of kids who just love this place. Very interesting for adults to learn the history of the subways. The kids love going through the subway, train and bus cars. Fun for all ages. Our granddaughter loved it!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 17, 2023
  • James H
    Brooklyn, New York13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Transit Walk: Second Avenue's Art and Transit History
    I went on my first New York Transit Museum walking tour and it was excellent. Entitled, "Transit Walk: Second Avenue's Art and Transit History" it featured a fascinating history of the old elevated train, the IRT 2nd Ave line, amongst other transit lore. The art walk itself was worth the price of admission as we encountered some lovely mosaics and tiles I would never have been able to find on my own. Our wonderful tour guide Kristin maneuvered us through the city and its subways with ease and wit, sprinkling in historical anecdotes that enhanced it all.. I highly recommend this tour!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 14, 2023
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Hawarden, UK19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
It was a terrible experience due to the staff who were rude to little children and their parents. There's rules which reduce stroller use. They are not signposted well but staff shout at you and point to them often which makes for a less than ideal experience. The sign outside on the street made it look like strollers were welcome but you have to go down multiple flights of stairs into a dark museum.

The museum is open only 4 days a week, for 6 hours at a time. So you have 24 hours totally within a week to get in this place. I have not heard another museum make it so challenging.

Some areas have air con, others don't. Access is poor with or without strollers. They have a lot of old trains but are not very interactive or interesting. So kids will lose interest and not learn anything. It could be a lot better. It's not a museum that is on par with museums from other cities.

Gift shop is small and overpriced. Staff shout at you if you take a stroller in. There is a hard to see sign on their door. We saw people take bikes, skateboards in . That's ok but not strollers. Maybe they want to exclude certain age groups of kids. The reasoning seemed confusing and no staff member was able to explain it. Either way if someone had explained it all at the start, things would have been a lot better.

Overall staff behaviour( especially the security guard and shop staff) made this visit a challenge. Not worth the hassle, sorry.
Written June 10, 2024
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Booking tickets in advance is a must - as they are only open Thursday through Sunday. Note - if you go in the AM, expect a lot of small, loud children.

We really enjoyed learning the history of the current subway system dating back to 1880. What a huge, expensive, forward thinking (and dangerous) endeavor it was. Just Wow!

Loved the lower level with subway cars dating way back. Best part might have been the advertisements on the old subway cars. Cigarettes, alcohol, hair dye et.al.
Written June 6, 2024
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Touring this storied old station had been on my to-do list forever. When I found out the tour would be offered during my upcoming visit, I quickly worked it into my schedule.

Special tours are only offered a few times a year, and are available to members only. This can get a little pricey, but I'd planned for it, and with my senior discount, was soon set for a May Saturday morning date.

The old station has a long and interesting history, but was taken out of passenger service in 1945; it still sees use as a train turnaround, however.

Our docents met us in City Hall Park and we got transistor receivers so we'd be able to hear no matter when the tour went. After an historical introduction, we entered the nearby Brooklyn Bridge station for a ride (on an empty train) into the past.

The docents pointed out the sights of interest, then participants were able to wander around to take photos. Several turnaround trains rumbled past, adding to the atmosphere.

The excursion ended at the beautiful Chambers Street Station, with its high arched, white tile ceilings.

If you enjoy history, transit trivia, or both, I highly recommend this tour. Our group totaled about fifty, and most were New Yorkers, though a number of visitors had also booked. Be prepared to walk, including stairs, so wear comfortable shoes.

I'll be visiting the museum in Brooklyn on my fall trip!
Written May 21, 2024
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Natalie1992
80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This was a great museum for such a small price. I spent about one hour there total (I wasn’t interested in reading every single plaque but I do try and give attention to each part!). The best bit was when you take the stairs down to the old subway line and there’s a huge amount of old trains all decked out as they would have been and you can walk through and sit in each one. It felt like being on a movie it was so cool! Really good place to kill an hour or so and see a piece of the past.
Written April 25, 2024
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Farwriter
London, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I love a transport museum! This is particularly atmospheric because it is housed in a former subway station. I hadn't expected there to be so much to see but I was there nearly 3 hours. The first level has displays about the building of the subway system, about buses and trams, various old ticket machines and turnstiles, and some partial vehicles for kids to "drive". On the lower level - the platform - there are many old trains and carriages lined up along the platform, full of interesting old adverts and information about each type of carriage. I can't help preferring the cosy dark green 1917-era trains to the stainless steel 1970s ones! I particularly liked the old photos on display, taken by 2 brothers who documented the construction of the subway tunnels, but also took photos of the streets before they were dug up - such a great social record of early 20th century New York.
Written February 22, 2024
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LnS2004
Cypress, CA8,976 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We took our 2 year-old grandson to this underground museum on a Sunday morning. He’s at an age when kids are especially fascinated by trains, subways, and buses. Being able to sit in the make-believe bus driver’s seat and move the big steering wheel really made his day! It’s a very educational two-hour tour for adults as well. We gained a valuable lesson on the history of New York’s mass transit system from the hardship constructing the tunnels over a hundred twenty years ago to the role public transportation played in the city’s development. Vintage photos, along with easy to understand signage, took us back through time, highlighting the progress made. Admission: $5for seniors and child 2-17, $10 for adult; what a deal!
Written February 19, 2024
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Oz22
London242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic, this museum was in an old Subway station. The old carriages are amazing. We also rode the holiday train in December run by these guys, who are knowledgeable and helpful. Would definitely go again.
Written February 2, 2024
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Trip4AWeekend
Watauga, TX247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We were not prepared for all the details in this place! It was AMAZING to see the story of the subway being built by looking at all the photos from the early 1900s. There are examples of all the subway cars that have been in use since it opened. The bus system is also well documented and there are route maps on the walls. There are also examples of how the subway turnstiles have evolved over the years. I can't recommend this place enough!!
Written December 24, 2023
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James H
Brooklyn, NY13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I went on my first New York Transit Museum walking tour and it was excellent. Entitled, "Transit Walk: Second Avenue's Art and Transit History" it featured a fascinating history of the old elevated train, the IRT 2nd Ave line, amongst other transit lore. The art walk itself was worth the price of admission as we encountered some lovely mosaics and tiles I would never have been able to find on my own. Our wonderful tour guide Kristin maneuvered us through the city and its subways with ease and wit, sprinkling in historical anecdotes that enhanced it all.. I highly recommend this tour!
Written December 14, 2023
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vette999
Port Saint Lucie, FL159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Went on a recent Saturday. Parents, grandparents and a 2 yr old. Arrived around 11am and already busy. Lots of kids who just love this place. Very interesting for adults to learn the history of the subways. The kids love going through the subway, train and bus cars. Fun for all ages. Our granddaughter loved it!
Written November 17, 2023
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