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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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11:00 - 17:00
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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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Our visit made more exciting by the fact that they were filming in the street outside for an episode of Homeland!

In all the years we lived in |New York we had never visited the museum before and we were not disappointed.

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

In all the years we lived in |New York we had never visited the museum before and we were not disappointed.

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South Orange, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots and lots of little kids.. they had a great kids play area. We didn't have kids with us and were expecting more of a museum type feel. We did enjoy the real rail cars from various eras.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The exhibitions open when I visited touched on subway history, including construction in the early 1900s and more contemporary moments, such as 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy. I was fascinated by this unique perspective. Train operators on the morning of 9/11 had to make quick decisions to bring on more passengers at the WTC stop immediately after the planes, but soon... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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 5 February 2017

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 1 February 2017

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 30 January 2017

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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