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 or get free admission with a New York City Explorer Pass
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Category: Museums Venues & Event Spaces
Boerum Pl Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 694-1600
Lori A. Jul-14-2019
This place is legit! My 4 year old had a grand ole time exploring the train level of the museum. He was the cutest one there in his train conductor... Read More
Shu Jin S. Mar-03-2019
Just as much fun for adults as it is for children! My other half and I showed up two hours before closing, thinking it would take, oh, one hour tops, to... Read More
Ed U. Feb-09-2019
Now THIS is the way to present a transportation museum. Making use of a long-decommissioned subway station like Downtown Brooklyn's Court Street was a... 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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