School Programs: K – 2

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School Group Programs: K – 2

Design a Vehicle

General & Special Education: Pre-K – First Grade

Learn about the various modes of transportation and community workers in New York City’s past and present through story reading, a tour of the Museum’s train collection, and by creating your own movable bus or train.  (75 minutes)

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Miles of Tiles

General & Special Education: Kindergarten – Second Grade

Learn how art underground reflects diverse neighborhoods above while exploring patterns and decorative art found throughout New York City’s subway stations. Students tour the Museum’s vintage train collection and create their own mosaics using glass tiles. (75 minutes)

To submit an online reservation request, please click here.

Journey to the Past

General & Special Education: First – Third Grade

Visit a costumed storyteller to learn about life, work, science, and transportation in New York City’s past and present. Students will visit one of the following characters and tour our vintage collection of train cars to compare New York then and now. (75 minutes)

  • Marshall Maeby, a sandhog famous for surviving a tunnel blow out and being spun above the East River on a geyser.
  • Mary Walton, an engineer and early environmentalist racing Thomas Edison to find a way to quiet NYC’s noisy elevated trains at the turn of the century.
  • Anna Witherby, a passenger trapped on an elevated train during the blizzard of 1888.

To submit an online reservation request, please click here.

Please note that special education programs are booked by age, not cognitive level.


Dates


School programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays, September through June.

Times

  • 10:15 – 11:30am
  • 11:30 – 12:45pm
  • 1:30 – 2:45pm

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

Group Size & Payment


General Education Programs: $175.00 per class of up to 30 participants (including children and chaperones)

Additional participants: $7.00 per person

Special Education Programs: $75.00 per class of up to 17 participants (including children and chaperones)

Additional participants: $7.00 per person

The number of children and adults reserved at booking is the maximum number of people you may bring the day of your visit.

A $50.00 deposit per class is due upon booking. The remaining balance is due the day of your visit.

We accept cash or credit card payments only. Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted. The Transit Museum does not accept checks or purchase orders.

Planning Your Visit


Lunch space is extremely limited and must be reserved in advance. Food and drinks are not sold at the Museum.

The Museum does not have storage space for backpacks and coats. We recommend leaving backpacks and other personal items on your bus or at school

Arrivals & Departures


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

Due to space constraints, groups arriving earlier than their scheduled time will be asked to wait outside the Museum.

Late arriving groups will receive an abbreviated program. If you are running late, please contact (718) 694 – 1848.

All groups must depart at their scheduled time. Groups may not self-guide before or after their program.

Accessibility


The Transit Museum is wheelchair accessible via a lift. Please share information about the needs of your group when making your reservation so we can best assist you. The lift is slow, so plan to arrive 15 minutes before your program’s start time. For more information on accessibility options, including ASL interpreters and listening devices, please click here.

Transportation


Traveling by Subway

Taking the train is a great way to begin your visit to the Transit Museum. We are located near:

Borough Hall Station: 2, 3, 4, and 5 lines

Jay Street MetroTech Station: A, C, F, and R

Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station: A, C, and G

Certificates for Free Transportation are provided by NYC Transit to travel to and from school trips.

Traveling by School Bus

Buses may drop off students on either Boerum Place or Schermerhorn Street. Parking is limited in Downtown Brooklyn. Bus drivers are encouraged to seek space on Schermerhorn Street or State Street.

Cancellations


All cancellation requests must be made via email at least two weeks in advance. Cancellation requests made less than two weeks in advance will forfeit the deposit paid.

Additional Information


For any additional questions, please call (718) 694-1848 or email reservations@nyct.com.

Group Reservations

Explore our hands-on collection of vintage subway and elevated cars and exhibits that share the rich story of public transportation. Group tours are perfect for adults, active seniors, and college or university groups.

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.

School Group Visits

Reservations are now open! School programs at the Transit Museum are offered Tuesdays – Fridays, September – June.