|Museum station features a distinctive design evoking ROM exhibits|
The overall effect is garish, though well-intentioned. The original platform design was clean, functional and sparse—almost a minimalist distillation of a TTC subway stop.
It was a mistake, albeit an enthusiastic one, to re-clad everything in a kind of Disneyfied tourist anti-vernacular. Perhaps I lack imagination.
|Gazing down the central platform: a mishmash of allusions.|
The roof could have used more of a touch-up.
The new-look pillars represent:
- Ancient Greece: The Doric Columns
- Mexico’s Toltec Culture: The Toltec Warrior
- Ancient Egypt: The Osiris Pilaster
- China’s traditional culture: The Forbidden City Columns
- First Nations: Wuikinuxv First Nation Bear House Post.
From the vantage point of a child visiting the Museum for the first time, arriving via subway, the decorations might be viewed in a better light, as a tantalizing advance glimpse of treasures to be revealed next door.
|If I was 11 years old this would be so cool.|
As an adult however, I don’t feel moved by the design. It does seem sincere, but I view the project (foisted on us by the Toronto Community Foundation, with support from the bombastic TTC Chair Howard Moscoe and his successor, Adam Giambrone) as a failure, ultimately, for three reasons:
- Did the renovation improve safety by adding a needed 2nd exit? No.
- Did the renovation make the station accessible? No.
- Did the renovation improve the appearance of the station? No.
In other words, we had an opportunity to actually improve Museum station, functionally. We spent all that money, used up all that political capital, and... merely dressed up some support columns. That’s a failure.
|This bench was one of the few pieces whose aesthetic appeals to me |
over the old design (save for the ‘you can’t sleep here’ divisions)
|Honestly, I was more interested in the caged ‘prison’ area|
at the south end of the station. The bars were added after a 1982 police survey warned that muggers could linger in this area of the station without being seen.
Museum station opened February 28, 1963 as part of the University line. The station’s concourse level also functions as an underground crossing point for Queen’s Park.
Serious transit fans can explain the elaborate wye junction that connects this station to the Bloor-Danforth line (in particular the ‘abandoned’ Bay Lower), and expound on the history of its operation.
Photo GalleryTour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past:
The obligatory transfer:
|Museum station transfer|
More about MuseumTTC Station info | Map | Wikipedia: Museum
Bonus video: See Museum as it was in 1980 in the Richard Chamberlain suspense-thriller, ‘Murder by Phone’
P.S. No, there isn’t a phone booth at that spot in real life.
My next stop: York Mills
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