MTA Transit Museum

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14-38 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States

The New York Transit Museum, one of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since it’s inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region’s extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.

The New York Transit Museum’s galleries feature popular exhibits such as Steel, Stone, and Backbone, which recounts the tale of building New York City’s 100 year-old subway system, and many highly interactive exhibitions such as On The Streets, an in-depth look at New York City’s trolleys and buses. Also of interest are the museum’s age-appropriate education workshops and computer resource center.

The New York Transit Museum operates a gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal that presents changing exhibitions. The gallery annex is located just off the Main Concourse in the Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master’s office. Please go to What’s New on this web site for information on the gallery annex’s current exhibition.

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School Group Visits

School Visits 

On Tuesdays through Fridays, our guided school programs provide students from Pre-K to grade 12 the opportunity for hands-on learning in various subject areas. Led by a staff of skilled educators, school programs complement curricular exploration of the social history of New York City, the engineering sciences, the mathematics and art of subway and station design, the history of immigration in New York City, and the urban landscape. Guided programs for special needs students ensure that all learners benefit equally from a Transit Museum visit. Teachers should mention any special needs when making a reservation.

The on-line Teacher Resource Center provides step-by-step instructions for planning and reserving a class trip to the Museum. Please review these instructions prior to calling our School Reservation Coordinator at (718) 694-1848. Explore the Teacher Resource Center for educational activities and games that support the content of your museum visit. Please keep in mind the following details as you plan your trip:

  • Group reservations are confirmed when a Reservation Agreement provided by the Museum has been signed by the group leader and received by the Museum. The Museum CANNOT accept personal or company checks, vouchers or purchase orders. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Class visits to the Museum may last no more than two hours.
  • Groups arriving after their reserved time are not guaranteed a guided tour or workshop.
  • Cancellations must be made no later than the Monday of the week preceding your scheduled visit. Cancellations made after this time will incur charge.

Group Tours

Experience a local slice of our city’s rich history! Guided tours for adults, active seniors, and college groups highlight exhibitions on building New York’s subways, the history of surface transportation, and our historic rolling stock, the gems of our collection. Located in a 1936 subway station in downtown Brooklyn, the New York Transit Museum brings to life the city’s early days and the transit system that made the city grow.

Guided by expert staff, experience a hands-on collection of antique subway and elevated cars and detailed exhibits that tell this rich story. Reservations for 10 to 45 participants are available Tuesday through Friday afternoons. Take a look at our Guided Tours for Grown Ups for information about reservations and pricing or contact Laura Kujo at (718) 694-1794 or laura.kujo@nyct.com

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HOURS AND ADMISSIONS

New York Transit Museum

Hours Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Phone (718) 694-1600
Admission Adults $7
Children 2 – 17 years of age $5
Senior Citizens (62+) $5
Seniors Free Wednesdays
Museum members: FreeChildren under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult

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