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 or get free admission with a New York Pass
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- 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
Address: 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Phone: (718) 694-1600
Official Website: 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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The New York Transit Museum Located In A Real Subway Station Gives The Best Experience Anywhere. It Shows Many Subways Of Old Times And Information Is Easily Available. Memorabilia Is A Plus. Sometimes The Museum Has Free Admission As In The Case Of The Atlantic Antic Festival. During This Massive Festival Atlantic Avenue Is Closed From The Brooklyn Bridge Park To Flatbush Avenue. There Are Many Food Stands, Music Stands, Artists Stands, Restaurant Stands From The Nearby Smith Restaurant Row, The Bus Festival "Where Old Buses Are Parked In Front Of The Museum And Atlantic Avenue" And Free Admission To The NY Transit Museum. This Is A Unique Experience In September And Shouldn't Be Missed. By Championship Sports Brooklyn Empire.
CHAMPIONSHIP SPORTS SUPERSTAR NETWORK - 7 days ago
Really fun and informative. I learned a lot there and it's a great place to bring kids. Perfect balance of interaction and information. Plus all of the old advertisements on the old train cars are hilarious. We spent a couple of hours here and absolutely could have spent more time! Definitely worth checking out!
Travis O'Neil - 8 days ago
Great place to learn about the subway system in New York City. I also highly recommend the guided tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the system and made the visit a lot more interesting. The gift shop had many cute souvenir items. . I visited on Saturday and it was definite crowded and there were many kids running around.
Chan Woo Park - 25 days ago
This was a great find. Very interesting photos and information about the construction of the New York subway and the conditions for the workers. The museum itself is in an old subway station. Great exhibit on subway and city maps over the years. Don't miss it, downstairs is a collection of old trains throughout the years, and even more interesting the subway ads of the times. And an excellent gift shop for unique souvenirs. Reasonably priced.
Jennifer W - 1 month ago
Not sure why it took us so long to visit but we loved it (two of us and out tween son). I found some great NYC treasures in the gift shop alone (I believe you can access the shop with paying the Museum fee). But the museum is very interesting and engaging - mainly through pictures and descriptive signs, not a cutting edge museum when it comes to technology. Excellent history of the city in general (not just the subway). Lots to explore and, as others have said, the full size, previously-in-use trains are a highlight. We saw many families with small kids having a blast. But we did find all the stairs a bit tricky. And the outside entrance is slightly hidden. Check online for tickets and discounts. Worth it even if you only have one hour but you could easily enjoy three hours here. Easy train access and short trip from Manhattan.
Belle&Les Lee - 1 month ago