Museum of Fine Arts station

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Outbound tram at MFA station.JPG
An outbound train at Museum of Fine Arts station in 2012
LocationHuntington Avenue at Ruggles Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°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 byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport MBTA Bus: CT2, CT3, 8, 19, 39, 47
Disabled accessYes
Rebuilt2001-January 13, 2003[1]
Previous namesRuggles Street, Ruggles-Museum, Museum, Museum/Ruggles
Passengers (2011)1,683 (weekday average)[2]
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.[3] (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.[4]

The station was made handicapped accessible along with four other E Branch surface stations in a renovation project completed on January 13, 2003.[1]

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. ^ a b "MBTA Short Notes" (PDF). TRANSreport. Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization. February 2003. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
  3. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (27 June 2015). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2015" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  4. ^ Prescott, Michael R. (11 October 2009). Boston Transit Equipment 1979-2009. Boston Street Railway Association. p. 60. ISBN 9780938315063.

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