School Programs: 3 – 5

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School Group Programs: 3 – 5

To request a reservation, please complete our Online Request Form.

Journey to the Past

General & Special Education: First – Third Grade

Learn about life, work, science, and transportation throughout New York City’s past and present. Meet one of the following costumed storytellers and explore the Museum’s vintage train collection to compare and contrast life in New York City throughout history and today. (75 minutes)

  • Marshall Mabey, 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.

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

Subway Stories

General & Special Education: Third – Fifth Grade

In this introduction to oral history, uncover the social stories of subway designers, builders, and riders that shaped transportation history and the evolution of New York City’s past and present. (75 minutes)

Electricity and Circuits

General & Special Education: Third – Fourth Grade

Explore the many ways electricity powers New York City’s subway system and get a first-hand look at electrical subway equipment that keeps the city moving. In small groups, students will construct circuits to power simple motors, light bulbs, and invent their own circuit creations. (75 minutes)

Moving the Millions

General & Special Education: Fourth – Twelfth Grade

Discover the magnitude and complexity of New York City’s public transportation system by exploring elements of construction, social history, engineering, and impact over time in this introduction to transit history. (75 minutes)

Immigration and Transportation

General & Special Education: Fourth – Twelfth Grade

From the immigrant workforce that built the subway system, to transportation’s influence on neighborhood development, the rich history and diversity of New York City comes alive through discussion, photographs, and stories. (75 minutes)

Sustainability

General & Special Education: Fourth – Twelfth Grade

Investigate the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of transportation over time using the Museum’s vintage train cars, collections, and exhibits that tell the story of moving the masses. (75 minutes)

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


Dates and Times


School programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays at the following times:

  • 10:00am – 11:15am
  • 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • 1:30pm – 2:45pm

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

Group Size & Payment

 Group Size indicates, in all instances, students, parents, teachers, and chaperones. 

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 $100 deposit per class by credit card over the phone is due upon booking, $50 deposit per Special Education class. The remaining balance is due no later than the day of your visit.

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

Planning Your Visit

Reservations are required for all group visits. Due to space limitations, the Museum does not allow self-guided groups.

Lunch space is extremely limited and must be reserved in advance on a first come, first served basis. Food and drinks are not sold at the Museum.

To book a school group visit, please click here to fill out an Online Request Form.

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

Due to space limitations, the Museum cannot accommodate entry into the Museum more than five minutes before a scheduled tour. When possible, please have students remain on the school bus or outside the Museum while the teacher handles payment to streamline the check-in process.

Late arriving groups will receive an abbreviated program. If you anticipate a delayed arrival, please contact (718) 694-1848 or (718) 694-1700.

All groups must depart at their scheduled time. Groups may not self-guide before, during 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 and allows one person at a time, so please 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 changes and cancellation requests must be made via email at least two weeks in advance. Deposits will be forfeited if changes are made less than two weeks in advance.

Additional Information


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