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9 Off The Beaten Path Museums In Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/30/2012 7:00 am

You know the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Jewish Children's Museum.

Think you've tapped all Brooklyn can offer a culture junkie? Think again. Brooklyn is a borough that keeps on giving, and there's plenty more to explore.

Take in some history, with a healthy side of quirk, at these nine off-beat Brooklyn museums.

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-- Jaclyn Einis

New York Transit Museum | Intersection of Schermerhorn Street and Boerum Place | Brooklyn Heights
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For all that time you spend underground, wouldn't it be nice to know a thing or two about MTA history? The New York Transit Museum digs into the history of urban public transportation through public programs and exhibitions of NYC Subway, bus, commuter rail and bridge and tunnel system artifacts. Housed in Brooklyn Heights' decommissioned 1936 IND Court Street subway station, the museum is the largest of its kind in the country. Long-term exhibits include Steel, Stone & Backbone: Building New York's Subways 1900-1925 and Fare Collection, an interactive look at collection devices used since the subway's inception. They also operate the (free) Gallery Annex at Grand Central terminal.

Admission & Hours: Adults $7, Children 2-17 and Senior Citizens (62+) $5, Seniors Free on Wednesdays, Members Free; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Directions: Take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to Borough Hall. Or consult the museum's website for other routes.
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Photos: Annie Mole, Waterfront Museum, pixonomy, The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, The Faded Past , Jaclyn Einis, Micro Museum, Amy Lee Pearsall, Prospect Park