The New York Transit Museum is a little-known part of the city, and it’s a pity. As tourists we usually go to big museums like MoMA or MET, but there are many more options that are just as interesting.
How is the museum?
Since 1976 the museum portrays the history of the famous New York underground transportation. The museum is located in an old Brooklyn subway station from 1936. It is quite original to enter the museum as in any subway station.
What to see at the New York Transit Museum?
The first part of the museum is dedicated to the construction of the subway. Thanks to black and white photos, you can see a typical day of those who worked hard to dig miles of tunnels.
The second part explains how the subway works. Among other things, you can see the different turnstiles that were used over the years since 1904.
On the ground floor, in a real metro station, there are about ten trains. The first ones date back to the 1910s. You can walk around in the old wagons, with old commercials on the wall. You can sit down and have the impression of traveling through time.
I would have liked to see a graffitied train! You know, this typical ’80s style, although at that time, transport was not as safe as it is today.
Before you go, don’t forget to stop by the museum’s souvenir shop. They sell many perfect items to give to your friends: socks, mugs, books, key rings…
How much does admission cost and when does the New York Transit Museum open?
– $10 for adults,
– $5 for seniors (62+),
– $5 for children (2-12 years old).
You can add a visit to the old New York City Hall subway station.
Admission is included in the New York Pass.
The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. However, it does open:
– Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm,
– Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Count between 1h30 to 2h to visit the museum.
Where is the museum?
It’s in Brooklyn Heights. It has a small branch in Grand Central Terminal and a souvenir shop in Lower Manhattan.
Address: 87 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10001.
The New York Transit Museum is an interesting visit for both adults and children. You can play have fun as an MTA bus driver, ticket vendor… There are some tables to eat at the museum. Now what I like best, is that the museum is less than 5 minutes away from a Shake Shack 😉
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