Transit Museum

The New York Transit Museum is located in an unused subway station and is the largest museum of its kind in the United States

1960s MTA Bus in the New York Transit Museum
1960s MTA Bus in the New York Transit Museum cc licensed photo by plattypus_of_new_york

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

Fee: Yes, there is a small entry fee. Visit the official website to purchase tickets.

Transit Museum Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Phone: (718) 694-1600

Official Website: Transit Museum

Transit Museum Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This museum is super cool and is great for all ages. I walked up to the location, thinking the museum was inside a building. But, to my amazement, it is actually downstairs in the train station. The museum has two levels, where the lower level has all the vintage train cars that were in operation up until the 2000s. It is great to see old photos and memorabilia from when the subway system was first built. The place looks well maintained and kept up to date with the changes in recent years. The fee for admission is reasonable at $10, and there was no wait to get in, even though the museum was conducting several tours for class trips. As soon as you walk in on the left side, they have a great gift shop that can be quite expensive. They also have several bathrooms and a water fountain on the first level. I definitely recommend checking this place out as it really brings back such great memories for an older person such as myself, and kids will really enjoy some of the interactive features.
Lisa S - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Such an awesome museum! Very informative exhibition and the vintage trains are just such a treat, even for someone who's not particularly interested in trains. Love the fact that it's in an actual subway station. So cool.
Zachary Jurkowski - 4 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating This museum is underground, build in an actual subway station, fun & for all ages! Love the vintage feeling! You’ll learn the history and how the New York transit system has changed over the years. There is two leves, on the first level you’ll find artifacts, photos, signs & a lot of interesting things from over 100 years ago. Is so interesting to see how they started building the subway tracks, how was everything back in the day and how everything looks now. Cute little gift shop has a lot of nice things. On the second level you’ll find old train cars very well maintained from different years. Also, love seeing all the different advertisement, it was really cool! I highly recommend! The staff are nice, friendly & helpful!
Adriana De Pitkin - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating We had such a great time. I went because my son is obsessed with mta trains. I had no idea how much fun I would have. Adults and kids alike were enjoying themselves. The vintage trains on the lower floor (if you have a stroller you cannot go to the lower level with it) but it's worth it. The trains were beautiful and the workers were smiling and helpful as well.
Angie Collazo - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Great place to visit with family (especially with younger kids) and friends. There’s lot to learn about NYC metro, transit systems. There are exemplary buses where kids can experience what is it like being a bus driver and train operator. There are various types of train cars from different eras of NYC transportation that show evolution of MTA train system. Admission is very reasonably priced and they even offer discounts if you have New York City public library account. Highly recommend visiting this public transportation museum.
SOBI's Hobbies - 3 months ago

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2, 3, 4 or 5Borough Hall5 minutes
A, C, F or RJay 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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