“Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.”
"The Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn offers visitors with disabilities $5 admission with MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard, MTA Reduced-Fare Easy Pay Card, Access-a-Ride Card, Able-Ride Card, Para-transit Card, or Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) Card.
Personal Care Attendants assisting visitors with severe disabilities will be admitted to the Museum at no additional cost. Use code PCA at checkout to get a free companion ticket.General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Assistance animal welcome
- Additional equipment available on request
- Lift access to all levels
"The Transit Museum’s wheelchair accessible entrance is located on the corner of Schermerhorn and Court Streets, in Downtown Brooklyn. Once there please press the call button to the left of the gate. The Museum’s admissions coordinator will dispatch a staff member to operate the lift.
- The lift has a total weight limit of 450 lbs and therefore cannot accommodate many motorized wheelchairs.
- Some of the vintage cars on our platform level are not accessible by wheelchair.
"Service animals are welcome at the Transit Museum. The Museum offers customized guided tours for visitors who are blind on Fridays. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of your visit and after purchasing tickets.
Most objects at the Museum, including the train cars, can be touched."Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
"The Museum offers Sign Language Interpreters for all programs upon request. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance. Requests for offsite tours and excursions must be made at the time of ticket purchase.
FM assistive-listening devices (headset and neck loops) are also available for all offsite excursions and tours within the Museum upon request."Autism/Sensory accessibility features:
Autism/Sensory accessibility information:
- Quiet hours
- Quiet room or space
- Information available in various types
The Museum is quietest between 1-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday. Please note that weekends and holidays can be very crowded. A quiet room is offered during our Special Day program.
Prepare for your trip by reviewing our social narrative for an independent visit to the Transit Museum.
Sensory-friendly toolkits including noise-quieting headphones, a visual schedule, and list of quieter spaces can be checked out, free of charge, from Transit Museum staff in Downtown Brooklyn.
SPECIAL DAY ONLINE
"Join the Transit Museum online for a fun morning with the whole family! Children with developmental disabilities or those on the autism spectrum and their families can engage with us on Zoom. Enjoy transit-related activities, performances, and a virtual tour of our vintage train cars. All ages welcome for this free event, and registration is required."
"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.
Using a strength-based approach, participants explore the Transit Museum’s content and collection, sharing their enthusiasm with others while engaging in transit-themed games and activities. Groups are facilitated by contracted professionals trained in ASD support and Transit Museum Educators. Subway Sleuths Online will be presented via the Zoom platform."
READY TO RIDE: FAMILY EVENT
"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."Other accessibility information:
For further thoughts and information, read Havehweelchairwilltravel.net's review of the museum