New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

History Museum
Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn
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  • J Crowley
    "For less than $10 you can walk through all the old subway cars."(8 Tips)
    Melissa K.
    "Loved reading the ads on the old trains!"(6 Tips)
    Andrea M.
    "Check out the old busses and the subway cars with their old ads."(3 Tips)
    Time Out New York
    "... museum is housed in a decommissioned subway station. Make sure to see the excellent collection..."(2 Tips)
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  • Scott S.
    Scott Stilson3 weeks ago
    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.
  • Sergey S.
    One of the coolest museums. Walk through old train cars and a really old station!
  • Raven D.
    Great for history buffs and those who love interactive displays!
  • Laetitia R.
    Very nice museum lots of informatuon and great for kids a lot off hands on stuff and love the subway wagons thru the years ....
  • James A.
    Great for kids. My son loved going in all the trains and driving the fake busses.
  • Elizabeth B.
    I want to come back here for a longer time period! Lots of cool history to see.
  • Damon S.
    Really great history of NY transit with an entire platform of old trains dating back to the 1800's
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 4, 2016
    vintage subway ads didn't mess around
  • Rutger v.
    Rutger van FaassenDecember 2, 2016
    Great for kids who want to play bus driver
  • Aaron B.
    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.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJune 15, 2016
    Make sure to explore the old transit cars on the lowest level.
  • 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
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SilvaApril 15, 2016
    Fun for adults and children with lots of information and interactive exhibits.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LawsonApril 15, 2016
    The exhibition on dealing with disasters since 2001 is fascinating and beautifully curated
  • Abe
    AbeApril 10, 2016
    If you are a history buff, you are in for a treat.
  • Enrique S.
    Enrique SallentApril 8, 2016
    Beautiful, small and very informative. Great museum for kids!!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithMarch 26, 2016
    Get a tour read everything!
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuieMarch 22, 2016
    A highly enjoyable museum! Get inside by taking the stairs down into the old Court Street station.
  • Tiffany
    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.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NFebruary 27, 2016
    Always fun to explore the old train cars and check out the old subway maps.
  • Daniel S.
    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.
  • Patty H.
    Patty HicksJanuary 16, 2016
    Perfect place for kids or adults. Amazing old subway cars to walk through.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawJanuary 12, 2016
    Not the best museum in the city, but there it's good that it's in an old subway station.
  • Cambria K.
    Cambria KlineDecember 25, 2015
    Take the guided tour. It makes it even better.
  • 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
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngNovember 22, 2015
    The old trains downstairs have old advertisements and subway PSAs!
  • William H.
    William HubaNovember 22, 2015
    Pretty neat, small museum.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhSeptember 11, 2015
    This was actually a subway stop. So much NYC /MTA history here!!
  • 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
  • Allyssa K.
    Allyssa KaiserJuly 25, 2015
    An affordable and educational afternoon activity for kids and adults alike. Read more
  • Trippe F.
    Trippe FriedJune 25, 2015
    Really interesting museum in an old station. Great place.
  • Christian S.
    Christian StangierJune 20, 2015
    Located in a subway station. They have old subway cars downstairs. Have a look at the ads in the trains.
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PajorJune 8, 2015
    Check out all the real vintage subway cars downstairs in this decommissioned station.
  • Ziyad D.
    Ziyad DadabhoyApril 7, 2015
    So much fun!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikMarch 9, 2015
    This isn't the best museum in New York; it's the best museum in the world.
  • Daniel M.
    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.
  • 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
  • Adele B.
    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!!
  • Nina G.
    Nina GraziJanuary 5, 2015
    Nice museum not more than an hour outing with kids
  • Ali A.
    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.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsDecember 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.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuDecember 20, 2014
    Go underground and sit in the oldest MTA subway trains!
  • 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.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaOctober 23, 2014
    Interesting. Spent all day here and never wanna leave.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥September 6, 2014
    Housed in a former 1930's subway station
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrautAugust 25, 2014
    Check out all the old ads in the subway cars.
  • 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.
  • John S.
    John SAugust 12, 2014
    Not just for kids! Surprisingly inexpensive, and a great place to take photos
  • Jason L.
    Jason LeibowitzJuly 27, 2014
    The free guided tour was awesome. Try to get Ryan as a guide.
  • kirby
    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!
  • Ying W.
    Ying WangJuly 9, 2014
    The only train car that doesn't display the manufacture date is the car that's in use today. Did they forget? ...or was it intentional?!!
  • 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.
  • 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. 😒
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ange S.
    Ange SimAugust 6, 2013
    The entrance is located across the road from 130 Livingston St. Go down the faux subway entrance on Schemerhorn.
  • geniece d.
    geniece divinoJuly 16, 2013
    Great museum! Enjoyed looking at the trolley a
  • 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.
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.June 28, 2013
    Don't miss the ads in the old subway cars located on the lower level
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MansfieldJune 28, 2013
    Check out the old busses and the subway cars with their old ads. Really cool stuff
  • 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
  • Marty D.
    Marty DMay 7, 2013
    Great place for history of NY transit
  • Geoffroy B.
    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!
  • Bruno B.
    Bruno BelcastroMarch 17, 2013
    Come here if you love trains!
  • The Official Khalis
    The Official KhalisMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Weekday hours are not long enough.
  • 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!
  • Terrill H.
    Terrill HughesJanuary 30, 2013
    Take a pic near a vintage subway car.
  • Elton J.
    Elton JulianDecember 11, 2012
    nice museum. legit
  • Roger S.
    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.
  • J S.
    J ScottNovember 28, 2012
    Take lots of pics and dont miss the vintage subway ads especially the Bond movie poster!
  • Peter C.
    Peter CrysdaleNovember 3, 2012
    Don't forget to take a look at the old ads in the subway cars!
  • Raymond G.
    Raymond GarciaSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure to go on the weekend, free public yours and free kids programs!! Learn so much!
  • Hayden D.
    Hayden DunnAugust 14, 2012
    Great museum! They have a whole station worth of old school subways and trolleys. You'll feel like your stepping back in time or on a movie set!
  • Omar R.
    Omar R.August 2, 2012
    Pay your fare there!!!
  • Zack P.
    Zack PJune 17, 2012
    Find the free guided tour and join it ASAP. Even if it's halfway thru.
  • 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.
  • Macho J.
    Macho JamesApril 18, 2012
    If you ever wanted to those cool horizontal posters you see on the newer trains, they sell them at the gift shop!
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobinsonApril 12, 2012
    Members (only $40 p/y) get in for free. You can bring your lunch here and eat in climate-controlled peace away from your boss/coworkers.
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannMarch 31, 2012
    Walk through time going from one subway car to the next, each from a different year
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannMarch 31, 2012
    Vintage ads on old subway trains!
  • Vixen P.
    Vixen PwetFebruary 26, 2012
    Mucho fun! So glad I revisited my childhood experience. You aint a New Yorker till youve been here!
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen MarroneDecember 30, 2011
    Kids! Super child-friendly, so must you be :)
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MinkoffDecember 20, 2011
    actually very cool, make sure to know where you're going, entrance is an old subway stop and easily missed
  • Jill T.
    Jill TrazinoDecember 11, 2011
    This is such a neat museum! Visiting it is a must. :-)
  • Heather H.
    Heather HallNovember 18, 2011
    Don't miss the ads in the historic subway cars!
  • Tracey N.
    Tracey NNovember 16, 2011
    if you love trains this is a must see.
  • Public Art Fund
    Public Art FundNovember 15, 2011
    #StaffPick - great local Brooklyn spot chock full of NYC transit history.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurphyNovember 7, 2011
    when i was in paramedic school we did the nyc transit ems operations course here under the expert guidance of John Busching
  • 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
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChenOctober 6, 2011
    if you're at all interested in ny history or the transit system, this is a gold mine. leave yourself approx 3 hours to see everything
  • 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!
  • Tara R.
    Tara RocheSeptember 24, 2011
    Can bring a lunch nice tables to eat. Half of the museum is air conditioned . Perfect for 2 years and up
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorSeptember 10, 2011
    Head downstairs and check out the old trains. Recognize the platform? It was used to film the 1974 movie "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three".
  • Martin A.
    Martin AtkinsAugust 14, 2011
    Half of the museum has no air conditioning, so prepare yourself for it being hot and sweaty on a sunny day.
  • Martin A.
    Martin AtkinsAugust 14, 2011
    Bring some lunch with you. They don't have a cafe but they do have an area set aside for eating.
  • Kareem J.
    Kareem JohnsonAugust 14, 2011
    I love this place. I'll definitely come back. It's a must visit for visitors and New Yorkers alike.
  • Howcast
    HowcastJuly 31, 2011
    Check out the On the Streets: New York's Trolleys and Buses exhibit! Public transportation has a lot of history.. and allows for a cheaper commute! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2snSOqQ6b_w Read more
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    Y N GApril 22, 2011
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  • 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.
  • Voodoo P.
    Voodoo ProwlerJanuary 11, 2016
    Excelente. Ir al subsuelo para ver todos los subtes
  • Geraldo Magela J.
    Geraldo Magela JuniorJanuary 7, 2016
    Passeio legal. Vale a pena.
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KhubetovAugust 13, 2015
    Клевая реклама в старых вагонах :)
  • Maxime D.
    Maxime DelrueMarch 28, 2015
    Super musée, très abordable et très intéressant. Les enfants y trouveront leur compte !
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