Virtual School Programs
We are excited to bring the New York Transit Museum to students, teachers and caregivers through online tours and workshops led by museum educators! Explore the Museum’s unique space, vintage trains and exhibitions with inquiry based virtual tours, discussions of archival images, hands-on at-home activities, and interactive storytelling. Discover how transportation shaped the development of New York City throughout history to present day. Programs are designed for the unique online format to bring the rich history of New York and public transportation to students at home.
Mondays through Fridays
10:00 – 11:00
Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:00 in addition to the morning slot
Moving Our Communities (K – 4th grade)
Explore New York City’s different modes of transportation through an interactive virtual tour and activities, and learn all about community workers and the importance of public transportation
Miles of Tiles (K – 12th grade)
Discover the variety of art found throughout New York City’s transportation system, including art, poetry, and music, through an exploration of public art and mass transit.
Journey to the Past (K – 5th grade)
Learn about life, work, science, and transportation throughout New York City’s past and present through a virtual platform tour and interactive storytellings
Electricity & Circuits ( 3 – 5th grade)
Explore the many ways electricity powers New York City’s subway system and get a virtual first-hand look at electrical subway equipment that keeps the city moving.
Immigration & Transportation (4 – 12th 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
Sustainability (4 – 12th grade)
Investigate the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of transportation over time using a virtual tour of the Museum’s vintage train cars, collections, and objects
Subway Stories (4 – 12th grade)
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.
Moving the Millions (4 – 12th grade)
Discover the magnitude and complexity of New York City’s public transportation system by virtually exploring elements of construction, engineering, organization and impact over time in this introduction to transit history
Women in Transit (6th – 12th grade)
Learn about women in transit who thrived in traditionally male-dominated fields, and how roles have changed over time. Hear stories of pioneering women who were early change-makers and innovators, the first female train conductors and operators, and decision-makers of the 21st century.
Subway Tracks (special education only; 6th grade – Adult Learners)
Explore New York City’s subway system from past to present. Track the history of our complex transit system while also engaging in conversation around how we safely ride the subway today.
School programs are designed for one class at a time, allowing us to tailor the program to the individual requirements of the teacher and students. Programs are available as space allows.
Requests for programs must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
$100 fee for General Education classes for up to 36 unique participants/households including students and teachers.
$50 fee for Special Education classes for up to 17 unique participants/households, including students and teachers.
For any questions regarding Special Education or accessibility please contact [email protected].
Review and download a social narrative to prepare students for a Virtual School Program with the New York Transit Museum.
Onsite School Programs
School programs at the Transit Museum use the Museum’s unique space and hands-on collection to explore how transportation helped shape the development of New York City throughout history to present day. Programs use a mix of inquiry, observation, primary and secondary sources, and hands-on activities to engage learners of all ages and abilities. Follow the links below to learn more about program offerings.
Dates and Times
• 10:00am – 11:15am
• 11:00am – 12:15pm
• 11:30am – 12:45pm
• 12:45pm – 2:00pm
If your school is located more than 30 minutes from the New York Transit Museum by bus or subway, please book an 11:00 am, 11:30 am, or 12:45 pm tour. Booking a 10:00am program may result in denial of your booking request.
To assess the distance of your school to the Museum, please go to Google Maps, input your school address and the address of the New York Transit Museum and your mode of transport, to see the approximate amount of time to allow for travel.
Group Size & Payment
General Education Programs: $200.00 per class of up to 36 participants (including students and chaperones). We can no longer accept groups larger than 36 people. Special Education Programs: $75.00 per class of up to 17 participants (including students and chaperones).
The number of children and adults reserved at booking is the maximum number of people you may bring the day of your visit.
Payment is due two weeks prior to your visit. Failure to pay will result in cancellation of your program. Refunds cannot be given less than two weeks before your visit. In the event of inclement weather, we can reschedule groups or offer refunds if yellow bus service is suspended.
Planning Your Visit
We do not provide space for school groups to have lunch. Exceptions will be made for self-contained special education classes. Weather permitting, some nearby outdoor eating options include Cadman Plaza Park.
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.
There are a limited amount of spaces available for self-guided groups. You must make a reservation in advance by calling (718)694-1848. We reserve the right to refuse entry to groups who do not book in advance.
Arrivals & Departures
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.
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
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.
All changes and cancellation requests must be made via email at least two weeks in advance. No refunds will be issued if changes are made less than two weeks in advance.
For any additional questions, please call (718) 694-1848 or email [email protected]