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2015-16 School Visits to the New York Transit Museum

Our School Programs...

  • Learn about the history of New York City transportation and how it transformed five separate boroughs into one spectacular city

  • Utilize the Museum’s unique space and hands-on collection to interpret close to 200 years of transit history

  • Use curricula focusing on inquiry, observation, and hands-on activity

  • Explore how the transit system positively impacts the city we share

Planning Your Visit

The Transit Museum offers programming for school groups from September through June. All visiting groups must make reservations in advance. To request a reservation, please complete our online reservation form:

For general education and ICT classes, click here.

For self-contained special education classes, click here.

Once you submit your request, we will contact you within ten business days.

Information about planning your visit can be found below.

Program Dates & Times

Tuesdays – Fridays

10:15am - 11:30am

11:30am – 12:45pm

1:30pm – 2:45pm

Schools from Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx are encouraged to schedule a later time slot.


A $50.00 deposit is due upon booking. The Transit Museum accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and cash payments. The remainder of your balance is due the day of your visit. The Museum does not accept payments by check or purchase orders.


General Education Programs: $175.00 for up to 30 participants (including both students and chaperones). Additional participants are $7.00 per person.

Special Education Programs: $75.00 for up to 17 participants (including both students and chaperones). Additional participants are $7.00 per person.

Travel Training Program: $125.00 for up to 15 participants (including both students and chaperones). Please note that Travel Training is a two session program. The flat rate fee of $125.00 covers the cost for both sessions.

Number of Participants

Once you make a reservation, the number of spaces you reserve for students and adults represents the maximum number of people you can bring for your visit.


If you wish to bring a bagged lunch, you must reserve lunch space in advance. Please note that lunch space is limited. Food and drink are not sold at the Transit Museum.  

Backpacks and Coat Check

Please note that the Museum does not have storage space for backpacks and coats. We recommend leaving backpacks and other personal belongings on the school bus.


School Bus Drop Off and Parking: Buses may drop off students on either Boerum Place or Schermerhorn Street. There is limited parking for buses in the Downtown Brooklyn area. Bus drivers are encouraged to seek space on Schermerhorn Street or State Street.

Subway Travel: The Transit Museum is located near the following stations:

Borough Hall station (2, 3, 4, and 5 lines)

Jay Street MetroTech Station (A, C, F, R)

Hoyt-Schermerhorn station (A, C, G)

Schools can use Certificates for Free Transportation provided by New York City Transit to travel to and from school trips.

For any additional questions, please call (718) 694 – 1848 or email

School Programs

Design A Vehicle

General Education: Pre-K through First Grade

Special Education: Pre-K through Second Grade

Learn about the various modes of transportation in New York City’s past and present through story reading, a tour of the Transit Museum’s collection of trains and bus area, and a hands-on art activity. Using various arts and crafts materials, students design their own movable bus or train of the future. The Design A Vehicle program includes a tour of our vintage train collection. (75 minutes)  

Miles of Tiles

General Education: Kindergarten through Second Grade

Special Education: First through Third Grade

Learn how art underground reflects neighborhoods above while exploring patterns and decorative art found throughout New York City’s subway stations. Students will create their own decorative mosaics using glass tiles in our hands-on art activity. The Miles of Tiles program includes a tour of our vintage train collection. (75 minutes)

Journey to the Past

General Education: First through Third Grade

Special Education: First through Third Grade

Take a trip back in time with a costumed storyteller to learn about life, work, science, and travel in New York City’s history. The Journey to the Past program includes a tour of our vintage train collection. (75 minutes)

Subway Stories

General Education: Third through Fifth Grade

Special Education: Fourth through Sixth Grade

Become a historical investigator, observing and recording information about subway trains and riders of the past while making comparisons to experiences as subway riders today in your very own, take home circle book.

Special Needs learners work together in a game-type format, using photos of seats, lights, signs etc to compare and contrast components of subway trains past and present.

(90 minutes for general education students, 75 minutes for special education students)

Electricity and Circuits

General Education: Third and Fourth Grade

Special Education: Fourth through Sixth Grade

Examine how electricity powers the subway and keeps New York moving while conducting electricity experiments and observing interactive group demonstrations. Work in small groups to construct circuits to power simple motors, light a bulb, and create your own circuit invention. (75 minutes)

Extended Tour

General Education: Fourth through Twelfth Grade

Special Education: Fourth through Twelfth Grade

Explore the multi-faceted story of public transportation by focusing on the social history of New York City, engineering sciences, mathematics and the art of subway and station design, the history of immigration and the urban landscape. Within each exhibit, explore and discuss transit development, construction, and impact over time. (75 minutes)

Travel Training

Offered only for special needs learners:  Middle School through Adult Learners

In this introduction to subway travel, experience all aspects of riding the subway – from mapping a route to buying a MetroCard to negotiating various scenarios on-board a subway train – in the safe environment of our subway station museum. (60 minutes)

This is a two-part program. Please select two dates when making your reservation.

Additional Information


Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. When possible, have students remain on the school bus while the teacher or group leader handles payment.

Due to space constraints, groups arriving earlier than their arrival time will be asked to wait on their school bus or outside the museum.

Late Arrival

Late arriving groups will receive an abbreviated program and will finish at your scheduled end time. If you are running late, please contact (718) 694 - 1848.


Due to the Museum’s space limitations and safety concerns, all groups must depart at their scheduled time. Groups may not self guide after their program ends.


The Transit Museum is wheelchair accessible via a lift operated by Museum staff. Please share information regarding the needs of your group when making your reservation so we can best serve you. The lift is slow, so plan to arrive 15 minutes before your program’s start time.

Museum Store

The Transit Museum Store offers books, postcards, pencils, and toys for children. School groups are welcome to visit the store in small groups after scheduled programs.

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