New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

History Museum
Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn
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    Carmen N.
    "old train cars"(10 Tips)
    J Crowley
    "For less than $10 you can walk through all the old subway cars."(9 Tips)
    Marie L.
    "Collection of old train cars is immersive and impressive."(6 Tips)
    Chad H.
    "old subway trains"(4 Tips)
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  • Manda S.
    Manda ShettletonFebruary 24, 2013
    Absolutely worth your day and your $7. Tons of trains (I mean a ton), interactive exhibits, and history. Will keep all ages entertained for hours. In a decommissioned subway station. BYO lunch area!
  • Noah K.
    Noah KochAugust 25, 2013
    The museum is in abandoned subway station right across from the MTA HQ in Brooklyn. Come during a cool day as a majority of the museum is not air conditioned. Kids and Adults will enjoy this.
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    kirbyJuly 24, 2014
    Take a nap on the basket weave seats in a 1930s subway car. Be disappointed there is no graffiti inside the 1980s subway car. Bring a sack lunch and be sure to check out the kids' art work!
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    ElisaFebruary 24, 2019
    Huge museum, well worth the admission. Check out old subway cars from the early 1900s, and historic transit maps. Tends to attract a children crowd.
  • Aaron B.heart icon on user image
    Aaron BatchelderAugust 4, 2016
    The old cars are the best. They did a nice job with the adverts in each to reflect the times. Totally worth the $7. I'd say this is a definite underrated museum in New York.
  • Teachers College S.
    Custodian of the most extensive collection of urban transportation materials in the United States, this museum has free guided tours and lectures for families, history buffs, and everyone in between.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RubimMay 21, 2016
    Awesome museum, an old decommissioned station with everything from old school subways system. Don't miss the store, lots of cool gifts like hilarious old etiquette signs
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    TiffanyMarch 21, 2016
    Underground museum that explores the New York transit system throughout the times. Great for kids and groups. Defs go down the stairs and look at all the old subway cars.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Original advertising, signage, and upholstery make this feel like a trip back in time. The gift shop carries subway-line socks, decorative tile reproductions, and other fun stuff. Read more
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris R (thechristophe)December 23, 2014
    Great lil museum for killing some time, more kid orientated and more "displays to read" than anything else. Highlight is the old subway station downstairs with retro subway train stock.
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    MikeNovember 2, 2018
    Everyone who comes here will have a great time, kids and adults. What makes this a great museum is the fact that it’s an old subway station. Extremely interesting and repeat visits never get old!
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueDecember 11, 2023
    Great museum on the history of the transit system. Collection of old train cars is immersive and impressive. Engaging activity for kids. Fun gift shop too.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyDecember 9, 2014
    For less than $10 you can walk through all the old subway cars. Loved looking at all the old advertisements.
  • Sweet B.
    Sweet BoyNovember 28, 2013
    If you like trains it's worth the trip. The museum is near the downtown area of Brooklyn- an area being gentrified in The last few years. Transit museum offers many neat photo ops.
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    RyanJanuary 3, 2020
    The New York Transit Museum is fantastic! You will learn a bit about how the subway/tunnels were developed to support MTA’s subway system and the history from its beginnings!
  • R
    RAugust 23, 2014
    A fun visit. Gets warm and stuffy in the first half of the visit. The trains are the main treat/event and are fun to walk through. The advertisements are really cool dating back to the 19x0s.
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannJuly 22, 2020
    So many train cars and exhibits for kids to explore. Really neat history of the city as told thru transportation. Can be hot in the summer as tracks aren’t air conditioned.
  • Laetitia R.heart icon on user image
    Laetitia Rieck-LopezApril 27, 2017
    Very nice museum lots of informatuon and great for kids a lot off hands on stuff and love the subway wagons thru the years ....
  • Daniel M.heart icon on user image
    Daniel McDonoughFebruary 14, 2015
    This is a fantastic museum. For only $7 you can tour subway cars from before the 20's thru current trains. Housed in the old Court St. station. Great for families.
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff ByrnesNovember 30, 2018
    Be sure to go downstairs to the platform & check out the old train cars! You can even step into a signal “tower”, hiding behind the stairs, and watch real trains’ signals on nearby tracks.
  • Matthew H.heart icon on user image
    Matthew HuieMarch 22, 2016
    A highly enjoyable museum! Get inside by taking the stairs down into the old Court Street station.
  • Kim M.
    Kim ManisMay 23, 2014
    One of the coolest museums in NYC. It's in an old subway stop and they've got all the old subway cars and buses.
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel SalinasFebruary 19, 2016
    What a fantastic museum. It occupies an old subway station (Court St) and you can walk through over 100 years of subway cars downstairs.
  • Roger S.heart icon on user image
    Roger SchonfeldDecember 9, 2012
    Highly recommended both for the exhibits - interesting for adults but many child-friendly too - as well as the amazing vintage subway cars that you can explore.
  • Urban Oyster
    Urban OysterMarch 25, 2011
    The museum originally opened as a temporary exhibition during the 1976 bicentennial celebrations, but it was so popular that the MTA decided to make it a permanent fixture.
  • Alexander K.heart icon on user image
    Alexander KostSeptember 29, 2017
    Very interactive, interesting and has all the cool stuff in there. The actual museum was built in a real former subway station.
  • Damon S.heart icon on user image
    Damon SununtnasukMarch 12, 2017
    Really great history of NY transit with an entire platform of old trains dating back to the 1800's
  • Adele B.heart icon on user image
    Adele BlancoFebruary 3, 2015
    So much fun for a 2 year old with a train obsession and really interesting for adults . It's cold in there in the winter!!
  • Vee B.
    Vee BeeDecember 1, 2013
    Be warned, there's no cafe or coffee shop here (crisis!). Bringing your own refreshments is encouraged, tables are provided. Oh, there is a water fountain. 😒
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 31, 2011
    The best New York-focused museum is housed in a decommissioned subway station. Make sure to see the excellent collection of vintage subway cars. Read more
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MansfieldJune 28, 2013
    Check out the old busses and the subway cars with their old ads. Really cool stuff
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  • Paul M.
    Paul MisonApril 24, 2012
    One of the best transport museums I've seen anywhere, with a large collection of historic trains as well as informative displays. Well worth visiting.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 14, 2015
    $7 entry for historical artifacts and information on New York's transit system from the beginning to the present day
  • Geoffroy B.heart icon on user image
    Geoffroy BablonApril 22, 2013
    Be sure to check out the exhibit on laying down the first subway tracks, and imagine what it felt like working in compressed air tunnels under the east river!
  • Brittany H.heart icon on user image
    Brittany HazlewoodJanuary 31, 2018
    The old trains are a sight to see. So much history here! Amazing
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    Before it housed transportation artifacts, this institution was a functioning IND stop. Built in 1936, it was part of a three-block shuttle to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, but was decommissioned in 1946. Read more
  • Christian S.heart icon on user image
    Christian StangierJune 20, 2015
    Located in a subway station. They have old subway cars downstairs. Have a look at the ads in the trains.
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorSeptember 24, 2011
    Best of the Best! EduConcierge's all-time favorite museum! See the history of the subway, methods of fare collection, and tour old subway cars in this former subway station. It's an absolute must see!
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    aanwarApril 10, 2016
    If you are a history buff, you are in for a treat.
  • Sandra R.heart icon on user image
    Sandra RubinchikMarch 9, 2015
    This isn't the best museum in New York; it's the best museum in the world.
  • Ange S.
    Ange SAugust 6, 2013
    The entrance is located across the road from 130 Livingston St. Go down the faux subway entrance on Schemerhorn.
  • Sergey S.heart icon on user image
    Sergey SmirnovMay 13, 2017
    One of the coolest museums. Walk through old train cars and a really old station!
  • James A.heart icon on user image
    James AguilarApril 15, 2017
    Great for kids. My son loved going in all the trains and driving the fake busses.
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin SilvaApril 15, 2016
    Fun for adults and children with lots of information and interactive exhibits.
  • Ali A.heart icon on user image
    Ali AndersonJanuary 4, 2015
    Museum lives in an old subway station - learn the history of the NYC subway development. Check out old subways cars on the lower level. No student discount.
  • Scott S.
    Scott StilsonMay 27, 2017
    Take advantage of the ASTC Travel Passport program to gain free admission for two adults and up to two children under the age of 17.
  • Raven D.heart icon on user image
    Raven DorantesMay 12, 2017
    Great for history buffs and those who love interactive displays!
  • Ren W.
    Ren WFebruary 12, 2015
    An awesome museum place for the kids. The track level is great.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxFebruary 9, 2015
    Become a member for access to great tours like the old City Hall station
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinMarch 31, 2017
    I want to come back here for a longer time period! Lots of cool history to see.
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