Did you know that the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn is the largest museum devoted solely to public transportation? This unique facility focuses on the complex subway, bus, bridge, and tunnel systems of the Concrete Jungle. Guests can explore fascinating exhibitions and galleries, or attend a wide range of educational programs and events. Whatever you choose, we promise your trip to the New York Transit Museum will leave you with unforgettable memories! Here are some of the things you’ll discover there.
Attend These Awesome New York Transit Museum Events
The New York Transit Museum hosts its annual Bus Festival each September. Visitors can step aboard more than a dozen buses from the Museum’s vintage fleet, which represent over 80 years of NYC surface transit history. Crafts, toys, and transit merchandise are available, and museum admission is just $1 throughout the day. The event takes place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, alongside the annual Atlantic Antic.
Holiday Train Show
The Museum’s gallery annex and store in Grand Central Terminal presents a fabulous Holiday Train Show each year. A model train layout is displayed for the public that has 8 to 10 tiny trains running at any given time. The museum even works with 115-year-old company Lionel Trains to create realistic choo choo’s and landscapes, complete with functioning signal lights. The Grand Central annex also houses a transit-oriented gift shop and several rotating exhibitions.
Museum Highlights Tours
Join expert museum educators on a dramatic journey through New York’s subway system! You’ll learn all about the evolution of the City’s surface transportation and can admire a collection of vintage subway cars dating back to 1904. Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The museum also offers a wide range of lectures, seminars, films, and educational programs throughout the year. Click here to view the full events calendar and start planning your trip today!
How To Get There
The Transit Museum is located in a decommissioned subway station at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn. It’s accessible by over 20 bus and subway lines, and the entrance to the Museum is down two flights of stairs. A second, wheelchair-accessible entrance is located on the corner of Schermerhorn and Court Streets.
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After a wonderful day at the New York Transit Museum, take a short trip back to our bed and breakfast and spend the rest of your evening with us! You can relax with a glass of wine out on the patio and enjoy beautiful views of Prospect Park. If you’re a history buff, feel free to ask us about other area museums like the Skyscraper Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Harbor Defense Museum. We can’t wait to hear about where the day takes you!
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