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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.
How often do you get a chance to explore a subway tunnel? Luckily for rail fans, the New York Transit Museum makes it easy to see what lies beneath with its semi-regular tours. The best of these takes you into the beautifully preserved Old City Hall station, which opened in 1904 as part of the first subway system—it has chandeliers and tiled, vaulted ceilings that look nothing like the current, cramped subway stations. (One caveat: You have to be a museum member to take the tour.) Other upcoming tours explore the new Fulton Center hub and haunted elevated railways.
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New York Transit Museum
- Tue - Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sun, Sat: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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