Museum Station was re-imagined in 2008 based on artifacts from the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum, which are directly above the station. A sequence of archeologically inspired columns lines the platform like so many commuters waiting for their train. These iconic symbols of Canada’s First Nations, Ancient Egypt, China’s traditional culture, Mexico’s Toltec culture and Ancient Greece also represent load-bearing artifacts from their era, lending authenticity to their role of ‘supporting’ the train station’s ceiling.
The renewal of the 45-year-old station included updated way-finding, lighting, custom seating and a wall finish with hieroglyph inscriptions embedded in metal panels to create a contemporary backdrop for the signature column display. The robust station design helps to orient subway riders by providing visual clues about activities above ground.