By Peter Schlesinger
November 14, 2014
Planes Trains and Automobiles Exhibit at the MFA, Boston, MA
Credit: Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

What’s got us here at T+L eager for a Boston visit? The city's Museum of Fine Arts and its new exhibition on travel memoriabilia.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles assembles a collection of models and drawings from the mid-twentieth century—when commercial aviation, improved technology, and highways rapidly changed how Americans experienced transportation.

Of the exhibition’s 87 objects, all from the private collection of longtime MFA donor Fred Sharf (frequent visitors will recognize his name as the source of hundreds of pieces on display in the museum), over half are models.

Among the highlights? A 1934 Burlington Zephyr model train and a 1936 Airomobile prototype model. The Zephyr’s builders hoped to boost rail travel’s dwindling appeal with a streamlined electric train as cars and planes became increasingly popular modes of transit, while the Airomobile was a proposed three-wheeled flying car. (The concept didn’t exactly take off).

Design drawings, posters, sculptures, and even costumes make up the rest of the show.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles opens tomorrow, and runs until May 10, 2015.

T+L Tip: While at the museum, catch its exhibition on Goya, which displays the Spanish master's works thematically, highlighting his use of metaphor and symbolism. On display until January 19th.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure, and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.