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

Official Website: Transit Museum

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

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Museums Venues & Event Spaces

Address: 99 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 694-1600


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5 Star Rating All Aboard!!! Ding! Ding! Ding! This place is off the rails! It's so much fun- this is a legit museum. I've never experienced something with so many subway... Read More

Curt C. Jul-25-2023

5 Star Rating If you only have time to visit one museum in New York, go to the New York Transit Museum. As the name suggests, it's a museum all about the history of... Read More

Jasmine A. Jul-13-2023

5 Star Rating One of my favorite museums in New York City. The New York Transit Museum is devoted to the history and significance of public transportation in NYC. It's... Read More

Melissa N. Apr-30-2023

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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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Taking a look at the many nostalgic exhibits inside the New York Transit Museum

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