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“Neat disappointment!”

New York Transit Museum
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Ranked #18 of 241 things to do in Brooklyn
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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 4 weeks ago

Not an easy access for someone with knee problems! Extensive exhibit on the construction of the subway and the way of keeping it running etc. Otherwise pretty poor. Old cars without much information, without train size info, subway station info etc, No network maps of the various phases of the system are shown, but plenty of turn styles, for the pleasure of little kids.A spotty history of ground transport and a little bus stuff is shown. Large pick-nick area BYO. The store has some nicely designed products. The display is so poor, it looks like in a Dime Store display

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"subway cars"
in 234 reviews
"the lower level"
in 39 reviews
"nyc subway"
in 20 reviews
"love trains"
in 12 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 12 reviews
"gift shop"
in 41 reviews
"train enthusiasts"
in 10 reviews
"new york"
in 124 reviews
"turn of the century"
in 9 reviews
"court street"
in 18 reviews
"all ages"
in 32 reviews
"ticket booth"
in 9 reviews
"on display"
in 17 reviews
"great place for kids"
in 7 reviews
"borough hall"
in 16 reviews
"school groups"
in 7 reviews
"interesting place"
in 8 reviews

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our kids are in college now, but had we taken them here when they were little, this would have been one of their favorite places to visit. Great history of the NY subway system, and an entire lower level with vintage subway cars for the kids to climb all over. Spent two hours here, had a blast. Very reasonably priced as well. The only negative is that it's not what I would call an accessible venue for the handicapped.

Thank DCLDad
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

We took the subway here, spent about an hour and a half in the museum, then walked back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge. We could have easily spent up to three hours in the museum, there's so much to see. Highlights included the turnstiles from different decades, and the history of fare collection (paper ticket, nickel, dime, token and now metro card.) There are good detailed histories of streetcars, the elevated, buses, as well as subways. Since the museum is set in an actual station, they are able to accommodate a dozen or more actual subway cars - the earliest from about 1908, I think. My wife remembered the rattan seats on the subway cars. I recently visited the London Transport Museum, and I felt this was better.

Thank rhhutchinson
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

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 rail system back and running during 9/11. They also have a great collection of old carriages complete with original advertising in the carriages which was quite amusing to read and see how times have changed. Great spot for train buffs but, equally interesting for anyone who has been making there way around NY on the subways.

Thank 643victoria
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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'.

Thank jallen52
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