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 or get free admission with a New York Pass

Open Now

Hours 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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5New York Transit Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating This place is awesome if you're interest in Rapid Transit history. Set inside an original Subway station, a few bucks entry is definitely worth it. Quite detailed bit of history surround the building of the NY MTS but the highlight is down on platform level. They've displayed a large number of rolling stock most of which are open for you to take a look at. Many of them have the original advertisements of the time, which are always interesting to look at. I quite liked the model area too which shows new york buses and trams as well as old model locomotives. This place is family friendly but I'm unsure about pushchair and wheelchair access..

GREAZE - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating We recently held a birthday party here. It was amazing. Sam was our tour guide and support for the party (with two others). She had great energy and enthusiasm throughout the party. Loved the experience and would totally recommend to other families.

Naiomi Moonian - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely love the New York Transit Museum! Great piece of NY history in those tunnels. Prices are very affordable. Kid friendly. Gift shop has some cool items. Visited a few years ago and just recently went back for the holidays; well worth it. Would recommend for ALL ages!

wallyjq - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating If you or your child has an interest in trains this museum is an awesome experience. Perfect balance of interaction and information. The old advertisements on the train cars are hilarious. You could easily spend a couple of hours here and maybe need another day more! It takes you through the entire history of New York transit which turns out to be a very interesting story filled with - technical innovations, construction, political corruption, and underneath everything an extremely dedicated group of workers. It is located in an old subway station, I love the entrance being an old subway and the old cars make you wonder why we stopped making those kind! I highly recommend it -- do not miss the downstairs part with all of the old subway cars! This is a great museum for anybody, kids in particular seem to love the exhibits. Definitely worth it!

NYC Birthday Clowns - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I have a passing interest in trains and this museum was a totally awesome experience. It takes you through the entire history of New York transit which turns out to be a very interesting story filled with: technical innovations, obstacles to construction, political corruption, and underneath everything an extremely dedicated group of workers. It is located in an old subway station. I highly recommend it -- do not miss the downstairs part with all of the old subway cars! This is a great museum for anybody but, kids, in particular seem to love the exhibits.

Bjarne Bartlett - 1 month ago

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

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