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New York Transit Museum
130 Livingston Street
10th Floor
Brooklyn
NY
11201
Tel: 718-694-3451

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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.

The New York Transit Museum's galleries feature popular exhibits such as Steel, Stone, and Backbone, which recounts the tale of building New York City's 100 year-old subway system, and many highly interactive exhibitions such as On The Streets, an in-depth look at New York City's trolleys and buses. Also of interest are the museum's age-appropriate education workshops and computer resource center.

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    I never knew there was a Transit Museum at Grand Central Station until I found out about the annual holiday train show that takes place there - read about it here: http://bit.ly/1g9em8b Ending February 23, 2014 for this year, it was really amusing to see a smaller model version of NYC with moving trains on tracks, Santa and even King Kong clinging onto the Empire State Building. On the other side of the area is a store that sells everything transit related from shower curtains to t-shirts, even those small plastic slip cases for your MetroCards,...Read More

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    It is a nice shop, I have found the poster I was looking for, but this is not the museum, it is just the shop and small gallery. The museum is in Brooklyn.

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    Visit and learn how the New York transit system was created, how it operates and even a glimpse into the future of our mass transit. Kids will love the interactive power system exhibits, as well as the real live trains they can walk through.

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    Grand Central Terminal is a hub for transportation but also a lot of people shop here. The New York Transit Museum has a little store that is a great peak into how great our transportation system is. This is really tourist stuff like MTA subway shower curtains and shirts with the N sign on it. But if you're interested you could check out the real transit museum in Brooklyn.

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    I love love love this Museum. I used to come here as a kid and now that I am over 30 I still enjoy going down to see the old vintage train cars that will never ride again. I know sometimes they run these old cars on special days of the year. The old turnstyles and stuff brought be back to the 80s and showed me how far the MTA has come with the Subway system.

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by Terresa Ling

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I never knew there was a Transit Museum at Grand Central Station until I found out about the annual holiday train show that takes place there - read about it here: http://bit.ly/1g9em8b Ending February 23, 2014 for this year, it was really amusing to see a smaller model version of NYC with moving trains on tracks, Santa and even King Kong clinging onto the Empire State Building. On the other side of the area is a store that sells everything transit related from shower curtains to t-shirts, even those small plastic slip cases for your MetroCards, there is something for everyone!

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