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Brooklyn Museum New York Transit

The New York Transit Museum is housed at the former Court Street subway station at the corner of Schermerhorn Street and Boerum Place in Brooklyn Heights. The museum opened in 1974 and is the largest of its kind in the United States devoted to the history of urban transport. Collections are from New York City’s public transport system since its beginnings in 1904 to the 21st century. The museum has a smaller annex at Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan holding temporary exhibits.

Entrance to NY Transit Museum, Brooklyn (New York City)

Entrance to NY Transit Museum by Jim Henderson

Exhibits at the New York Transit Museum include detailed model trains, decommissioned elevated and subway trains, and old equipments such as collection devices and ticket choppers. Visitors may board the vintage trains that were once part of the largest public transport network in the United States. Other related exhibits include old photographs, maps, diagrams, newspaper clippings, videos, posters, and contemporary artworks.

Old subway car at NY Transit Museum, Brooklyn (New York City)

Old subway car at NY Transit Museum by BlastOButter42

There are also interactive exhibits explaining the city’s public transport system including its history. One of the interactive exhibits is “Clearing the Air”, a series of interactive stops describing fuel technologies in history and their impact on the environment. In summer, the museum organizes Nostalgia Rides on its vintage buses and trains to Coney Island and Rockaway Beach. There is a gift shop offering souvenir items including t-shirts, caps, jewelry, posters, and books.

Location: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201

Website: MTA New York Transit Museum

Tel (general inquiry): 718-694-1600

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