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New York Transit Museum, New York City, New York

Boerum Plz and Schermerhorn St, New York City, New York

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Submitted by: Jared C.

What an awesome experience.  I am really fascinated with the development of a mass transit system in NYC.  I think the MTA transit museum pays nice respect to the folks who worked so hard to develop the system MTA has today.  The most awesome thing, is that each year MTA puts the old R1-R9 su...

Submitted by: Bill T.

Full disclosure:  I'm a transit geek.  Not the "steal a subway" or "hang out at bus depots" kind of geek, but a casual geek.  My favorite museum in London is their Transit Museum and my favorite museum in NYC is the Transit Museum. As others mention, it's a reasonabel $7 to get in and it's worth every penny.  I've been here numerous times but my b/f had never been so we spent a couple of hours here on a Sunday afternoon.  I'm not sure he was as thrilled as I was but he never appeared bored .  The history of the subway is very cool and the displays about energy are both interactive and informative.   Key likes:  All the old pictures of trolleys, the old maps, the old ads in the subway cars, the information on...

Submitted by: Tom I.

Great place to see the history of MTA subway system. Depends on how deep you wanna learn but takes about 1/2 day to cover the whole place. It is located in abandoned subway station which makes great sense - hence, no AC or heating! I was a little surprised that newer model of subways (ie orange 7) wasn't there. I would also add this place is better for older kids, not toddlers. Only interactive things are the MTA bus & hybrid display. I must add that staff were so helpful and especially liked the gate agents (unlike real life!) why deduct one star!? Gift shop workers were such a$$. They had some cool items, but they totally lack CS skill & literally kicking all kids away. Keep all fragile up, if they are so ...

Submitted by: Heather C.

One of my favorite places in the entire world. By New York standards, the $7 admission is reasonable, and even I, at 22, with no kids can kill a couple hours looking at the displays and wandering through the antique cars on...

Submitted by: Christy V.

This is a magical place. My son considers the transit museum his own personal mecca and we have made upwards of twenty visits here over the past four years. I love that they took a subway station and made it into this treasure trove of transit lore. The original trains on the tracks are a walk through history with the ads, the maps, the seats, the lighting...all dating back over one hundred years. Upstairs the chance to drive a real NYC bus makes my child go crazy - he has such a good time here. We bring a lunch and sit in the cafeteria (no food sold, bring your own) and gaze at all the old signs. The "no spitting" one is my favourite. The gift shop is amazing - trains, t-shirts, shower curtains, umbrellas. ...

Submitted by: Sandra D.

Great place to kill a few hours on a rainy day whether to enjoy this important piece of New York City history as an adult or to bring the kids to check out the trains. A very cool idea to have the museum in an old train station but it is a little bit cumbersome to descend into the station if you have a stroller. Additionally, I can't imagine how unbearable it is on a hot day. No air conditioning in the station portion, just fans. Advice is to go when the weather is cooler. Lastly, after toting a toddler around because I left the stroller in the stroller parking area, it would have been nice to be able to pop the kid back in the stroller and check out the gift shop. Because they don't allow strollers in the s...

Submitted by: Shivu S.

If you love NYC...if you have a remote curiosity as to how NYC came to be what it is today...or if you are looking for a unique activity ...a tip to the NY Transit Museum is for you! I almost missed the entrance since it looks like a subway station entrance. The entire museum is underground in an old subway station and is equal parts history lesson + interactive exhibits. No wonder this place is a hit with the kids. I loved the old pictures of 1920's New York - I spent half the time daydreaming of what it would have been like to grow up in NY in the 20's. I loved the old subway cars and the old turnstiles and old subway coins. There is beautiful artwork there as well.  All this for a price of a movie*! *Shou...

Submitted by: Ryan R.

I was pretty pleasantly surprised at just how awesome this place is!!! The museum is housed at an actual no-longer-in-use subway station.  How appropriate!  You even enter using the original stairway.  Talk about an authentic experience.  And its like $7 to get in.  No joke.   You'll learn about how subway tunnels are dug, and there are really neat black and white photos taken in the late 1800's and early 1900's of immigrant workers, all smiling in there subterranean gear, despite the peril and dangers they all apparently faced at work everyday.  I love old historical photos.   You can also view some blueprints of how the new 2nd Ave line is going to go down.  Can't wait for that, though...it will be awhile!...

Submitted by: Sarah M.

LOVE. We've probably visited five times in the last year with various groups of friends and relatives - kids and adults, people with a mind for geeky engineering stuff and people who thought it sounded totally lame -and every single person has left raving about the experience. The vintage trains are definitely the highlight, so book it downstairs first - if you spent any time in NYC in the 1980s (or 1960s...or 1920s...) one of the trains you rode is probably here, just the way you left it. If not, you'll still appreciate the chance to step back in time - it almost feels like being on the set of a great old film. The admission price can't be beat - though we love it so much we're actually thinking about getti...

Submitted by: Jason L.

Went to this today. The best time to go is early, and on a day when school kids are NOT off. They have a lot of great pictures, and historical items about the history of the subway. There's...

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