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My Visit to the New York Transit Museum



As you may know, mommy and I just recently visited New York City. It was my first time visiting a place that mommy, daddy and my siblings called home. I was able to meet quite a lot of my family and my mom's friends and even a few blogger friends as well. However mommy didn't just have me sit at home, even though there were some very cold days in New York, we were out on an almost daily basis, getting to know the city. Brooklyn may now be known for it's Barclays Center but did you know that Brooklyn is home to some amazing museums as well. Located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn Heights, the New York Transit Museum is one of them. If you are ever interested in learning about how NY came to have the amazing transport system that they now have in place, then is the place you want to go to learn about it. Did you know that it is the largest museum in the US dedicated to the transport system? If you didn't, now you do.


Before I show you a few of the photos that I was able to take (lighting wasn't that great but we got a few), I want to share how you get to the museum, hours and the entry fees. There are buses that take you there and since we didn't live too far away we were able to take one.

Operating Hours:                                              Entry Fee:
Tue-Fri 10am – 4pm                                           Adult - $7.00
Sat-Sun 11am – 5pm                                         Child (age 2-17) - $5.00
Closed Mondays and holidays                          Senior Citizens (62+) - $5 (Free on Wednesdays)

How to get there by train:
2 3 4 5 - Borough Hall Station
A C F R - Jay St. /Metrotech Station




One of the uniqueness of the New York Transit Museum is the fact that this is entirely housed in an actual subway station. There is so much to see from the beginnings of the transport system to the current way it is now. So much to learn and it is entirely family friendly. In this museum you can TOUCH everything which makes it perfect for the younger ones who doesn't understand the word "don't touch". If you're traveling with a group I would recommend getting one of the tour guides who can walk you through everything. Mommy and I joined a group and learned quite a few things, but we decided to do a bit on our own as well.




We learned about the beginnings of the subway station. We learned about the wages that workers on the tunnel received when they started work on the stations. However it was the blizzard of 1888 that caused the city to decide to build the subways. Before the blizzard there were only elevated trains but there was so much snow that it put a halt to the trains and transportation entirely. The city decided that it couldn't happen again, thus the subways began. We saw the tools they worked with and even the wages they received in those days. Wow just look at the cost of a movie or even a hotdog back then.





We also learned the reason that there are Number and Letter trains. The subway lines were actually owned by two separate companies. The number trains were owned by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company while the letter trains were owned by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. However the number trains were smaller and narrower while the letter trains were wider. Thus the reasons the trains to this day never run on the same tracks. If you're a NYC transit rider, you may notice that whenever there is a change in route for example, the 4 may run on the 2/3 track but never on the A/C track. Now I know! However now there is only one company that owns the entire transit system.





It was great to see the different ads that were shown on the trains back in the day and see the change of price as well. Now the cost of a ride is $2.75 while when they first started they were only 5cents. I even saw the evolution of the turnstiles that allows you to enter your station. The ads were also much different. While there were ads of food and household materials, now you only see ads of luxury products in the trains, the reason being that advertising in the trains is very expensive. And the reason that subway riders are called strap hangers was because they actually had straps that they hung onto while they were riding in the subway cars. Even the seats were different. While back then they had seats made out of rattan, they were much harder to clean so now the seats are made of plastic and steel and are a lot easier to clean, although I personally loved the looked of the rattan seats.





Guess what? You don't only learn about the subway system, you get to learn about transportation above ground as well. If there's one thing that I love about New York is that they quite possibly have one of the best transportation system in the US or maybe even quite possibly the world. Mommy is very biased. Where I live the only way we get around is by our own transportation. We have no trains and while we have a bus system, don't ever depend on it to get you where you need to go, especially at night. I was able to ride the train, the bus and even the famous yellow cab and I loved them all!





There is so much to learn at the New York Transit Museum and if you have a little one that is enthralled by trains, this is the place to take them to whenever you're in New York City. It's a great experience for both kids and adults alike. And don't forget to visit the gift shop before you leave. There you can pick up your piece of the city. I was able to get mommy to buy me a replica of a subway car so that I can have my little piece of the subway back at home.






Here is how you can connect with the NY Transit Museum:



Let's discuss: What were you most surprised to learn about the New York Transit System? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Sounds fun! My husband wanted to go there the last time we were in Manhattan, but we ran out of time.

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    1. Maybe the next time you're in NY you can pay them a visit. It's not that far from Manhattan which Madison just loves but being from Brooklyn, I prefer Brooklyn anytime. There is so much to do and it's truly underrated. Forget the city and come to Brooklyn. :)

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  2. Wow you got some amazing photos even though you said the lighting wasn't that great. I've never been to NY but I've heard their transportation is one of the best. I also had no idea that was the reason that they decided to do the subways. I can just imagine all those people being stuck above the ground. WOW!

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    1. Oh yes it is one of the best if not the best but I'm biased. I actually had no idea that was the reason they decided to do the subway system either. It's an amazing experience and there is so much to learn and do. I truly recommend doing it. Everyone knows about the Museum of Natural History, there was even a movie done with it in mind (Night at the Museum) but this is one that a lot of people don't know much about.

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  3. As a former New Yorker, I can't believe I've never visited this museum. It looks amazing, and I will have to check it out next time I go back.

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    1. Don't feel bad Lois, there are LOTS of New Yorkers who have never visited. I only visited because I had kids. It's why I decided to feature them because it's one of NY's hidden gems.

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  4. Being from Canada I have never been to New York, so I have not been on the transit system. Sounds like it works well.

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    1. Oh it works very well. I have a brother who lives in Canada that we visit regularly and the transit system there pales in comparison to New York's.

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  5. I have been to NYC a few times but never here. I did not know it existed. Definitely looks like a place to add to my travel bucket list.

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    1. Yes it's one of our hidden gems. While everyone knows about NY Museum of Natural History or even the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not much people know of the NY Transit Museum. Another great one is even the Brooklyn Childrens Museum. I promised Madison that the next time we go back she's going to go there.

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  6. Wow what a great place. I missed this on my trip. Look slike I need to make a return trip soon to see this and other cool places I missed.

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    1. I don't know much people who have actually visited the New York Transit Museum. It's almost like one of our hidden treasures. There is so much to see and do in New York that most people just stay in Manhattan and don't really move out of there if they're visiting. You need to take a trip outside of Manhattan. There is LOTS to do in the Bronx, Brooklyn and even Queens.

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  7. That's really nice. I love taking kids to museums because it feeds their curiosity. And they learn a lot of new things as well, especially about the world they live in.

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    1. That is so true. We just visited one here today and Madison had a lot of fun.

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  8. I am not fond of museums but this one is kina cool. It isn't like the museums I always find that are just galleries. How I wish I could visit this! Hehe

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    1. This one is totally different. I know exactly what you mean. I'm not a fan of the the see but don't touch museums either. With a little one I need a museum where she can learn and still have fun. If you're ever in NYC I say put it on your list of places to see.

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  9. So Cute!!! Wish you would've told us prior, We've never been =)

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    1. Here's the good thing about this though Shirley, you can go at any time since you're not too far away. Just jump on the train and take a trip there with Gabby.

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  10. I love this post! I'm a big museum fan. Seeing the original rattan seats is cool!

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    1. There is so much to see and I took so many photos that I tried to stuff as much in one post as possible. You should definitely pay them a visit if you're ever in NY.

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  11. I was most surprised to learn how much the transit museum in NY had in common with the Phildelphia transit system.

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    1. I don't know much about the Philly transit system but I'd love to learn more.

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  12. What a fun and educational trip! I am most surprised to learn that subway fares used to be 5 cents! Also the wages poster is really fascinating!

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    1. Well that didn't surprise me much. I remember when I used to pay $1 growing up. Now I pay $2.75. :)

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  13. What a cool museum! I'm sure that was fun. I like visiting museums that have a niche like transportation.

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    1. Since Madison is obsessed about trains I figured that this would be the perfect place for her.

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  14. This looks like a great place to take kiddos whilst visiting NYC. I will have to add this to our list of places to see when we get to NYC some time in the near future.

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    1. Oh I totally agree. This is a must stop especially if you're going to be in Brooklyn.

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  15. This is a really educational tour. It gives you an idea about the history and concept of the transport system.

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    1. Oh yes it really does and even me a New Yorker was truly surprised at how things have changed over the years.

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  16. There are so many things to do and museums to visit in NYC. Frankly this would not be on my immediate list. Maybe this is something I can visit in future repeated visits (how i wish!).

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    1. The Transit Museum is not well known which is why we highlighted it. Everyone knows about the big ones in the city but these little gems are what you should really see.

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  17. Wow! This is interesting!!! There's a transport museum here in London too and I'm yet to visit it. I should do it soon and post about it!

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    1. You really should. I will be visiting the London in March and I plan on seeing as much as I can when I get there.

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  18. I like that it's in the actual subway. I like that you can touch things too. That picture of her driving the bus is so so cute. She's such a little beauty queen. :)

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    1. That's the one thing I loved about this museum, the fact that you can touch things. It's tough telling a little child not to touch anything so this is perfect for kids. Everything is touchable.

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  19. I had no idea they had this museum, we go to New York all the time! My son will love it. I did not know about all the historical facts, thank you for sharing them!

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    1. That's the thing, a LOT of people have no idea that this museum exists. Even those living in Brooklyn which is strange. Unless you have kids and they're taken there on school trip, which is how I found out about it.

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  20. I've lived in NY for my entire life and I've never visited this museum. Can you believe that I didn't even know that it existed. WOW! I've been to the Museum of Natural History many times. This is I have to check out. BTW I had no idea that was the reason why the number and letter trains ran on different tracks. Thank you for all the info!!

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    1. You're not the only one who had no idea that it existed. I'm starting to think that they need to do a bit more publicity because it's an amazing museum.

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  21. That looks like a great museum with a lot of good information to know! I did not know it was in NY!

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    1. Well there is one in NY but I may not surprise me that other states may have their own as well.

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  22. Wow, this is a very unique museum. It's my first time to see something like this. It looks really awesome. :P

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    1. Yes it truly is and if you're ever in NYC I would suggest taking a trip to Brooklyn to pay them a visit.

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  23. oh wow. this is awesome. kids and adults will surely enjoy this. <3 i love the train. :D

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    1. It is a learning experience for both adults and kids as alike.

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  24. Nice. I rely so much on public transportation since I do not own a car. I hope we have some kind of a railway system where I live so I can easily explore the different cities here.

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    1. We don't have a train service where we live and our transit system is almost non-existent here in CO so I rely on my own transportation. Maybe we may get as great as NY one day.

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  25. Wow! Transit museum! I've only heard something like it now. But yeah, it would be interesting to visit such a place. :)

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    1. Yes you don't really hear much about the transit museum but it is an amazing place to visit.

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  26. Wow you made them astonish photographs despite the fact that you said the lighting wasn't that awesome. I've never been to NY however I've heard their transportation is one of the best. I missed this on my trek. Look slike I have to make an arrival trip soon to see this and other cool spots I missed.
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    1. Most people tend to miss it and stay in the city itself where are lots of museum and things to do. I would suggest the next time you visit NYC to put Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens on your list. Make sure you do at least 1 thing to do in each borough. You'll love them.

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  27. Really interesting post.it is so cool that the transit museum is at an actual subway station, clever! I also liked that you included little describing details you liked, like the difference in price and why there are letters and numbers! It felt like I was there!

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    1. That's just one of it's wow factor. You get to go into a subway station that is no longer being used and see all these amazing trains from the olden days. Definitely a must visit if you're ever in NYC and want to learn the history of their transit system.

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  28. What an interesting place, very retro.

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  29. I never knew that this Museum existed! That is pretty darn awesome! It's a great way to teach kids how things were done and I have to say, it looks pretty darn awesome! I think i am gonna have to check this out when I make a trip to NY! I love discovering new things!!

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    1. If you're ever in NYC Amanda I would say definitely go and check it out. You won't be sorry and take your son with you. He'll really enjoy it.

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  30. HELLO MY FIRST TRIP ON THE NYS IN 43 YEARS AND IT WORKED.

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  31. BUT IT WORK GREAT BACK THEN. AND STILL WORK NOW

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  32. I AM TRYING TO GET A TRAIN CO. TO BUILD A SUBWAY CAR TRAINS SET. THAY SAY THERE IS NO MARKET FOR A SUBWAY TRAINS SET.IN OUR SCALE.IWILL KEEP TRYING.

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