About the Museum

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Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907.

Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.

The New York Transit Museum is a self-supporting division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Friends of the New York Transit Museum, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, was established in 1995 to promote and raise funds for the Museum’s operations and programs.

View Friends’ Annual Report: 2012 | 2013 | 2014

New York Transit Museum exhibits and programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Free family programs are supported by City Council Members David Greenfield, Brad Lander, and Stephen T. Levin.

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40th Anniversary

40th Anniversary

We’re celebrating in style with an all-ages Block Party, Parade of Trains, and Party on Wheels for the whole family.
Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s next birthday party at the Transit Museum! Our parties for children 3 and up bring to life over 100 years of transit lore.


The New York Transit Museum online Press Office, where members of the media can access the press release archive, see recent news items, and download images.


The Transit Museum is one of New York City's most unique venues for private and corporate events.


See information about visiting the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn or at Grand Central Terminal, and view directions, hours and admission prices for both locations.

Subway Sleuths

The Transit Museum’s after-school program for children on the autism spectrum is honored to receive the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award!

Become a Member

Membership is the best way to enjoy everything the Transit Museum has to offer! Museum members receive free or discounted access to exhibits, programs and special events.

Make a Gift

Your entirely tax-deductible contribution will enable the Transit Museum to continue creating innovative exhibits, accessible education programs, and unforgettable experiences.