New York Transit Museum

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Other archives may offer broader perspectives on city history, but we love the Transit Museum because it goes deep into one essential element of New York life: the public transit system. Opened in 1976 in a former IND subway station, the museum displays historic artifacts—including a collection of vintage train cars spanning the 20th century—as well as more timely pieces, such as works from the MTA’s Arts for Transit program. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Sadie, the fluffy gray cat who controls the space’s rodent population; look for her on the lower-level subway platform, where she’s often found snoozing in an old-timey car.


Venue name: New York Transit Museum
Address: Boerum Pl
Cross street: at Schermerhorn St
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 10am–4pm; Sat, Sun 11am–5pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, F, R to Jay St–MetroTech; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall
Price: $7, seniors and children 2–17 $5; Wed seniors free
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I love trains and transit and the history of NYC, so this place is like heaven for me! Its definitely a bit designed for kids (there's a whole section about how electricity works).  But getting to walk around the old trains and buses is like traveling through time! They also have a ton of great programs and talks that are very interesting and informative. Really a great museum and a NYC staple! 

Great day trip for the kids during the colder months or day trip for yourself if you want to see how NYC transportation has changed over the last century.  Situated in an old subway station, the museum is large.  Learn how the hundreds of miles of tracks keep trains moving constantly.  See the pre-Metrocard tokens and the machines that accepted them.  They have multiple subway cars from each era, along with buses too. .