What could be a more perfect place to house the New York Transit Museum than an actual (albeit, inactive) subway station? I met up with Cindy at the Shake Shack nearby at Borough Hall to fuel up on burgers (and my favorite root beer on tap!) before heading off to the museum.
The entrance! Walk down the stairs of this subway station to get to the museum.
Downstairs, pay your admission at the toll booth.
I was hoping for a museum tour, but they only happen on the weekends.
After paying, follow the signs to “Enter Museum,” which will lead you to their exhibition on Steel, Stone, and Backbone which tells the history of the New York subway system. From there, there is a hands-on exhibition on how the subway works, which is great for kids.
Then the real fun starts. Real, deconstructed buses, are on the first level, where you can take a seat behind the driver’s wheel of buses from decades past.
Go down to the lower level and find preserved subway cars, from different time periods, lined up on both tracks. The subway tracks are fully operational, but this is no longer an active subway stop. It was really fun and interesting, going from one subway car to the next, and getting a glimpse to the past.
Leather hanging straps and vintage ads…
in this restored subway car. There are dozens from different subway cars from the past, with the ones at the end, looking not too different from the ones in operation today.
Back upstairs to the first level, a row of turnstiles.
And, the final turnstile you walk through to exit the museum.
INFO: New York Transit Museum | Schermerhorn Street & Boerum Place | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | 718.694.1600
TOURS: Free with admission. Every Saturday and Sunday at 12PM and 3PM.