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New York Transit Museum – Virtual Tour

New York Transit Museum - Virtual Tour

New York Transit Museum – Virtual Tour

The New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus, and commuter rail systems.

The main Museum is located in the decommissioned Court Street subway station in Brooklyn. There is also a smaller satellite Museum Annex in Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. 

Due to the proximity of other stations, the Court Street station was closed as a public station in 1946. However, it is still a functioning subway station, and trains are moved into and out of the exhibits using its tunnels. The station was a two-track, one-island platformed station while in service. 

The Museum opened in the decommissioned underground station in 1976. In the mid-1990s, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) assumed control of the Museum, and the scope of the Museum was expanded to include commuter rail and roads, tunnels, and bridges. 

The Museum includes subway, bus, railway, bridge, and tunnel memorabilia; and other exhibits including signage and advertisements; and models and dioramas of subway, bus, and other transit equipment. 

Artifacts from historic subway and bus operations, as well as NYC transportation infrastructure, are on display. The station has also been used for movies and remains in demand for filming, as well as to host private events.

The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store opened in 1993 at Grand Central Terminal. It houses a gift shop as well as a space for rotating temporary exhibitions.

New York Transit Museum - Virtual Tour

Vintage train of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) – New York Transit Museum.

Highlights of the New York Transit Museum

  • Railway artifacts – historical examples of New York City subway and elevated railway equipment
  • Bus fleet and artifacts –  the first air-conditioned bus, built in 1956
  • Turnstiles and fare collection exhibits – including turnstiles used during the 1939 New York World’s Fair
  • Rolling stock – the subway cars are fully furnished with vintage advertising placards and route maps
  • Grand Central Gallery Annex and Store
  • Documents, photographs, and artifacts preserving the legacy of transportation in New York
  • BMT “Q-type” car, built in 1903 and updated in 1938

New York Transit Museum - Virtual Tour

The Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) is now part of New York City Transit Subways

New York Transit Museum

  • Museum:         New York Transit Museum
  • Also:                NYC Transit Museum
  • City:                 Brooklyn
  • State:               New York
  • Country:          United States                    
  • Established:    1976
  • Type:               Transport Museum, Specialist Museum
  • Location:         Former Court Street station, 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY, United States

New York Transit Museum – Map

New York Transit Museum – 360 Virtual Views

New York Transit Museum – 360 Virtual Views

New York Transit Museum- 360 Virtual Views

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New York Transit Museum

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New York Transit Museum

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“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence.”
– Paul Simon

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Photo Credit: Marcin Wichary / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0); Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

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