Appropriately located in the decommissioned Court Street subway station in Brooklyn Heights, the New York Transit Museum run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority is home to a collection of antique rail cars, vintage buses, subway memorabilia and exhibits examining all aspects of public transportation.
Originally opened as a temporary exhibit in 1976, the Metropolitan Transit Authority kept the museum open after the conclusion of the bicentennial celebrations in response to public demand. Over the years, the Transit Museum has grown in popularity and scope, becoming the largest museum in the United States devoted to public transportation.
Unlike traditional museums, the Transit Museum has a child friendly, hands-on policy. Kids of all ages will enjoy "driving" the buses and trains and the interactive educational exhibits. Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the museum offers children's programs free with admission and hosts a drop-in group for children aged 2-5 called "Transit Tots" every Friday morning. Parents visiting with young children should note that the staircase leading down to the mezzanine level is not stroller friendly.
The Transit Museum offers various tours and talks for adults with audio tour podcasts available on iTunes. Several times a year, "Nostalgia Train" excursions are offered to various destinations aboard their vintage rail cars. Occasionally, the Transit Museum offers public tours of the beautiful Brooklyn City Hall station and other decommissioned stations. A full calendar of events and registration details are available on the Transit Museum website.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Transit MuseumFee: Yes, there is a small entry fee. Visit the official website to purchase tickets.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.
- Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Category: Museums Venues & Event Spaces
99 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 694-1600
Kimberly N. Jan-01-2023
Located in an old subway station in Brooklyn (so not as crazy busy as Manhattan-based museums), the New York Transit Museum was a great place to spend a... Read More
Amber M. Nov-27-2022
Amazing museum. It does such a good job having a mix of information, interactive exhibits (actual historical subway cars!), and mixed media. I would... Read More
Susan L. Nov-23-2022
After a two-year hiatus, the Holiday Nostalgia Rides have returned. Also, the train will traverse a new route this year. It's quite a bargain, as it's... Read More
Accommodations near Transit Museum:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|2, 3, 4 or 5||Borough Hall||5 minutes|
|A, C, F or R||Jay Street (MetroTech)||5 minutes|
How to get to Transit Museum by Subway
Take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to Borough Hall, head southeast along the tree lined pathway past the east side of the courthouse, turn left on Joralemon Street then cross the road going right (south) on Boerum Place to Schermerhorn Street or the A, C, F or R train to Jay Street (MetroTech), head south on Jay Street, continue onto Smith Street, turn right onto Schermerhorn Street, continue to Boerum Place.
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