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 in 2012
Location Huntington Avenue at Ruggles Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′16″N 71°05′44″W / 42.337674°N 71.095533°W / 42.337674; -71.095533Coordinates: 42°20′16″N 71°05′44″W / 42.337674°N 71.095533°W / 42.337674; -71.095533
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: CT2, CT3, 8, 19, 39, 47
Disabled access Yes
Rebuilt 2001-2003
Previous names Ruggles Street, Ruggles-Museum, Museum, Museum/Ruggles
Passengers (2011) 1,683 (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 light rail stop on the MBTA Green Line "E" Branch, located the median of 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 fully handicapped accessible.


Temporary station in 2001 used during construction of the accessible 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.[2] (Before then, trams had run on the surface from the Boylston Street portal).

The station was originally known as Ruggles Street or Ruggles-Museum. After nearby Ruggles station opened in 1987, the station was called Museum (sometimes Museum/Ruggles). The name was changed to Museum of Fine Arts in the 1990s.[3]

In 2001-2003 renovation, 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.

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

Bus connections[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  2. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (27 June 2015). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2015" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Prescott, Michael R. (11 October 2009). Boston Transit Equipment 1979-2009. Boston Street Railway Association. p. 60. ISBN 9780938315063. 

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