Access Programs


Access Programs

The Transit Museum is dedicated to honoring the strengths of people with disabilities and making its extensive collection accessible to all.

AP Subway Sleuths Working Together


Subway Sleuths is a program that uses a shared interest in trains among 2nd – 5th grade students on the autism spectrum as a means to encourage social interaction between peers and to develop social skills. Using a strength-based approach, participants explore our decommissioned subway station home, solving transit mysteries, becoming transit experts and sharing that enthusiasm with others. Each class is facilitated by a special education teacher and a speech-language pathologist, both trained in ASD support, and a Transit Museum Educator.  Click here to learn more.

Applications for the Spring 2020 semester of Subway Sleuths are now closed.

A young girl and boy sit together with two women in front of a blue and orange vintage train car.SPECIAL DAY

Come to the Transit Museum for a fun outing with the whole family! Children with disabilities and their families can explore the Museum while it is closed to the public for the first hour. Free admission, fun activities about transit, and a quiet room are offered. All ages welcome. Special Day takes place 3 times a year, and registration is strongly recommended. For more information, please email us or join our mailing list.


Applications for Transit Quest are now closed.

Developed for teens ages 14-17 who identify as neurodiverse, this week-long summer program will engage participants in content featured at the New York Transit Museum and provide exciting opportunities for new adventures and deeper connections in the Museum and throughout the system. Behind-the-scenes experiences include nostalgia rides on Museum train cars and private tours of Old City Hall Station and other exclusive MTA sites.

The Museum will review all applications; space is limited. We may contact potential candidates to confirm a strong passion for transit and make sure this is an appropriate program. The cost is $500 for all five days, 10am-3pm. Limited partial scholarships are available. The Museum Team is comprised of a special educator, a speech-language pathologist, and Museum Educators. For more information, please email us.

A man swipes a MetroCard at a turnstile with two women watching on either side of him.READY TO RIDE FAMILY EVENT

Join us for a morning program to learn all about navigating the subway system! Practice how to travel by subway—from mapping a route to buying MetroCards from a station agent—in the safe environment of the Museum. Become familiar with MetroCards, turnstiles, maps, and conductor boards, and role play various real-world scenarios on board a subway car.

This program is developed for participants ages 13 through adults with developmental/learning disabilities or autism, who are interested in independent subway travel. All participants must be accompanied by an adult care giver, care manager, or parent. The cost of the program is $10 per participant and includes same-day admission to the Museum. Space is limited; registration is required. Email us for more information.

Six boys sitting and smiling together on a subway car.ACCESS FOR ALL SYMPOSIUM

Are you interested in learning more about cultural programs and leisure experiences for neurodiverse individuals?

On September 16th, 2019, professionals serving the neurodiverse population joined us for a day of conversation. As they discussed and reflected on their experiences, attendees were inspired to develop new ideas to implement in their own work. The Symposium featured presentations and discussions on the topics of inclusive experiences, performing arts, and supportive technology. Click here to learn more.



We offer customized tours that meet the learning needs of your students. To learn more about bringing your students to the Museum, please click here.

AP Special Day for Special Kids Costumed InterpreterTOURS FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

Customized tours are offered for adults with developmental and/or learning disabilities. To learn more about making a group reservation, please click here.

 FP School Camp Group in Turnstile ExhibitREADY TO RIDE GROUP PROGRAM

Offered for 6th graders through adults with developmental and/or learning disabilities, this program is an introduction to independent subway travel in the safe environment of our subway station museum. To see a video of the program in action, click here.

Click here to request a Ready to Ride visit for a 6th – 12 grade class.
Click here to request a Ready to Ride visit for adults. 


Once a semester, the New York Transit Museum and the New York City Transit’s Office of ADA Compliance holds a track safety training program for people who are blind or have low-vision. Participants have an opportunity to walk on actual subway tracks in our Museum with the help of track safety workers. For more information,  please email our Special Education and Access Manager.


Day Habilitation Day allows individuals and groups to explore the Transit Museum and learn about the programs we offer for adults with disabilities. The event is FREE but registration is required. This event takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring seasons. For more information, please email our Special Education and Access Manager.

The next Day Habilitation Day is March 20th. Registration is currently full.

To learn more about accessibility at the New York Transit Museum, please click here.

Funding for access programs is provided by the FAR Fund, the Taft Foundation, the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Meringoff Family Foundation, the Hyde & Watson Foundation, and generous individual donors.

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