New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn

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  • Really enjoyed this museum detailing the history of the Subway system. Had interesting facts about the history of the construction and how the system evolved, and how they dealt with the getting the r...  more »
  • Definitly fun and nostalgic for those of us who grew up in NY and saw some of the changes live. But really interesting for anyone. For kids and better for 'not so kids'.  more »
  • You might need to keep your coat on in the winter, but this underground museum—at an actual subway stop—of the NYC transit system was fascinating. There were informative displays and pictures of the e...  more »
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  • Completely unique and utterly fascinating, this museum was such a treat. Even the entrance to the museum was adorable and hard to find - it's a subway entrance!! The exhibits were informative but nothing was as fun as walking on all of the old subway cars on the platform. So cool today seen the old wicker seats add electrical fans of the past! They had all sorts of old busses too that you could pretend to drive. Everything about it was unique and charming and I loved it. After, since you're not too far from the Brooklyn Bridge, it would be a great way to end the day by walking across it (that's what we did!)
  • An awesome use of a decommissioned subway station. The museum explores the history of New York's awesomely complex public rapid transit infrastructure, including the subway, trolleys (of which there are sadly no more) and buses. One does not realize quite how much can be crammed into one subway station until one visits a former one that has become a museum. I recommend reserving at least 2 hours to check the place out if you really want to get the full experience. There are plenty of different rooms and levels (imagine any train station filled with exhibits) and many of the displays are interactive, with user-activated videos and sound. We went in with about an hour reserved, and we felt like we didn't quite get to see everything we wanted. Not the museum's fault, we didn't reserve ourselves enough time. The highlight of the place for me is the old platform, where they have subway cars spanning the entire history of the system, all the way back to its inauguration more than a century ago. It was really informative and fun, and the admission wasn't too steep either, so I will likely be returning at some point to check out the stuff I missed when I had to leave.
  • Great museum for all ages. However, I went for toddler Time age 2-5 and the website shows activities that wasn't done. What was done was reading 3 books, singing one song, and getting an old metro card to see how it is to go through turnstile. No real socialization as they show on their website. Very disappointed I could have went to the public library for story time. However the girls enjoy the rest of the museum, because they got to play bus driver and see all the old trains. We will turn another day when they're older for the rest of the museum again. Great place for NYCTA History.
  • This is a special place for those who have nostalgia and want a nice dose of train, subway, NYC history. This museum is located in an old and decommissioned station on Brooklyn Heights. They have everything that you can imagine related to the NY subway system. Downstairs in the old platform they have an array of old subway cars. The cars are all from different eras and have been taken out of service. It is amazing to see how people got around town in the past. Some of the cars have rattan and wicker seats. Some have fans hanging from the ceiling. I just can't believe people went to work wearing a full suit, with a starched shirt and a hat during the dog days of summer packed in these old trains. It's fun to look at the old advertising and take a hold of a real strap hang. You can seat down and put yourself in the eras. They also have old token booths and turnstiles. You can go at your own pace and have a great time exploring the past.
  • It was a nice experience. Bigger than I expected and had a lot of informative exhibits. However, they were all very specific to the subway. I was hoping to find something about the LIRR but, aside from a photo or two, there was nothing. Disappointing in that regard. Otherwise, it's quite cool. There is also a party room and a cafeteria. Be aware that people tend to bring their kids and, although some of the exhibits are kid friendly, it means that the place will be more hectic than you'd expect. Aside from that, the vintage train carts downstairs are fantastic and worth a visit.
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