Museum of Fine Arts (MBTA station)

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Outbound tram at MFA station.JPG
An outbound train at Museum of Fine Arts station
Location Huntington Avenue at Louis Prang/Ruggles Street, Boston
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  Green Line "E" branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: CT2, CT3, 8, 19, 39, 47
Disabled access Yes
Rebuilt 2003 (new station)
Previous names Museum; Museum/Ruggles
Passengers (2009) 1,676 (weekday average)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Heath Street
Green Line
toward Lechmere

Museum of Fine Arts is a surface-level subway stop on the E branch of the MBTA Green Line. It is located in a dedicated median along Huntington Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, between Museum Road and Ruggles Street. The station is named after the adjacent Museum of Fine Arts, although it also provides access to Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Museum of Fine Arts station is wheelchair accessible when served by low-floor trams.

Station layout[edit]

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "E" Branch toward Heath (Longwood Medical Area)
Inbound "E" Branch toward Lechmere (Northeastern University)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


Inbound tram at the station

The modern Green Line "E" Branch opened on February 16, 1941 with the completion of the Huntington Avenue subway from Copley to the Northeastern Incline. (Before then, trams had run on the surface from the Boylston Street portal). Until the 1970s, there were not truly distinct stations on the surface portion of the line; passengers merely waited on street corners. Museum of Fine Arts first appeared on system maps in 1990 as Museum (sometimes Museum/Ruggles), and small asphalt platforms were installed north of Museum Road around that time. Most current system maps show the name as Museum Fine Arts to save space, though the MBTA still uses the full Museum of Fine Arts name on Green Line-only maps and station signage.

In a renovation that took place in 2002 and 2003, a new handicapped-accessible station was built between Museum Road and Ruggles Street. Wiring slots for an automatic fare collection system were installed during the upgrade, though fare collection at the station is still on board trains. A signal prioritization system for Northeastern University and all stops further outbound is also in place.

Bus connections[edit]

Museum of Fine Arts station serves as a transfer point between bus routes on Huntington Avenue, Fenway, and Ruggles Street.


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°20′16″N 71°05′44″W / 42.337674°N 71.095533°W / 42.337674; -71.095533