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“Great history of the NYC subway system”

New York Transit Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 January 2018

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 excavation and tunneling to house the transit system, as well as actual subway cars and trollies from many different eras. We worked our way through the display of old turnstiles and my granddaughter ‘drove’ a NYC bus. Food is not sold there, but we had brought snacks for the day and there was a nice area of tables to sit at while we ate. And the gift shop had many subway related items to purchase for the underground transportation enthusiast. We really enjoyed our visit.

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"subway cars"
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"the lower level"
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"nyc subway"
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"love trains"
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"interactive displays"
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"gift shop"
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"train enthusiasts"
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"new york"
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"turn of the century"
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"court street"
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"all ages"
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"ticket booth"
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"on display"
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"great place for kids"
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"borough hall"
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"school groups"
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"interesting place"
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We were intrigued by the low $10 entry fee (compared to $34+ for many other museums in New York) and felt that it was $10 well spent. We were there for about 90 minutes.

We stayed in Manhattan and took the 4 or 5 (Green) subway line to Borough Hall. It is a short walk from that station. For the return, we walked a bit further to the DeKalb subway station to take one of the lines that goes over the Manhattan Bridge rather than under the water. It was a cheap way to get some views of the city and water (especially on a very cold day) for our short getaway to the city.

The entrance is unassuming and easy to miss. It is like a subway station entrance.

All of the kids we saw around the museum seemed to be enjoying themselves. They had different activities for kids at scheduled times throughout the day.

Adults all seemed to like it too (us included). My favorite exhibit was the one about disaster response - like with 9/11, the power blackout of 2003, and various winter storms and hurricanes.

It was a very cold day which led to the museum being a little chilly. The main level of the museum was comfortable but the lower level with the train cars was very cold.

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

We had a great time. My boyfriend and his son had an amazing time playing with the interactive exhibits. Everything was detailed and up to date. Somethings I had no idea effected the transit system were even included. I would certainly visit again.

Thank TrvlrAtHeart
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Several years ago I got subway map tee shirts for my cousin's children in California. They love them! in fact, they still wear them.

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

One of, if not the best the best transport related museums / exhibits I have visited anywhere. I was amazed at just how many exhibits were stabled in the platforms, all of which were fully open and available for all to see, bar one that was undergoing some restoration as could be seen through the windows. Everything has been restored to a high standard, or in some cases has been left in its original 'used' condition which gives a definite charm that needs to be preserved. The short visual/audio interactive presentations from MTA staff recalling their duties during 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, the 2003 blackout and so on were both fascinating and eye opening.

Would definitely recommend to anyone whether you are a transport enthusiast or not!

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