New York Transit Museum


This museum, home of 100-plus years of NYC transit lore and memorabilia, occupies the platforms and mezzanine of a decommissioned 1930s subway station. Demonstrating the vital role mass transit played in the city’s development are 19 vintage cars dating from 1904 through 1967, a working signal tower, bas-reliefs used in architectural adornment of subway stations, various turnstiles used over the past 90 years and a history of surface transit (bus, taxi and horse-drawn carriages) used over the years.

Exhibits include: ElectriCity, which teaches science through an interactive look at the forces which power our subway system, and Steel, Stone and Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925.

Periodically the museum rolls out its vast collection of antique buses. Public programming includes lectures, walking tours and demonstrations of emergency rescue and crime-fighting equipment.

Programs for Seniors
Reserved, guided tours for retirees and active seniors provides a more sophisticated guided experience, and more detailed and nuanced historic interpretation for those who may even have personal memories of the historic items on display.

How far is 706 miles? As the crow flies, it’s just about the distance from New York City to the Indiana-Illinois border. It’s also the total number of miles in the New York City subway system.

The hard work of the city’s buses, subways and elevated trains—and the drivers, conductors and everyone else in the transit system—are honored in the New York Transit Museum. The museum is located on the platforms and mezzanine of a decommissioned 1930s subway station. Filled with restored antique subway cars, trolleys and buses—many open for climbing, exploration or make-believe—the museum tells the story of New York City’s fabled public transportation system and its role in the growth and history of the metropolis.

Originally opened as a temporary, three-month exhibit that was the Transit Authority’s contribution to our nation’s bicentennial celebration, the Transit Museum has proved to be so popular that it is still expanding today. It is one of only a handful of museums in the world that focus on mass transit.

Exhibits include: ElectriCity, which teaches science through an interactive look at the forces which power our subway system, and Steel, Stone and Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925.

Periodically the museum rolls out its vast collection of antique buses, as well as offering Nostalgia Rides on vintage trains. Children’s programs include art projects, group storytelling, camp tours, and memorable birthday parties.

The Transit Museum offers museum tours and a menu of more than 20 workshops in the arts and sciences. Tours are usually conducted by a trained docent and feature 19 vintage subway cars, the oldest dating back to 1904. Children are able to see and board the cars. Workshop topics and programs range from science education via ElectriCity: Powering New York’s Rails to art projects involving the subways. All workshops include a museum tour. Contact Laura Kujo at (718) 694-1794 for more information.

 

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Special Offers

    Seniors (62 and older) get free admission on Wednesday. Seniors receive 25% off individual membership.

    This offer is ongoing


New York Transit Museum

Boerum Place at Schermerhorn Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 694-1600

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Directions:

Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall

Hours

Mon10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Admission

    • Adults $7
    • Children $5
    • Seniors $5
    • Children 3-17 and Seniors 62 and older $5

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      Individual $40; Family $55; Senior and Student $30. Click to see more membership options.