The site designated to the Museum is part of the former Northern Maintenance Depot of the Hungarian State Railways. The area of the Depot was trisected, in accordance with current development plans envisioning multiple large cultural institutions there. A large steel-structured hall under heritage protection, designed by the Eiffel office, will house the Hungarian State Opera’s Workshops in the future. Other buildings destroyed in World War II bombings were replaced by the so-called Diesel Hall and its adjacent office building in 1962. The latter will be occupied by the Hungarian Museum of Transport. The future function of the third area including the so-called Bogie Hall has not been decided yet.
Today the area of the Depot is bordered by railway tracks and urban roads with heavy traffic, cutting it off from living urban zones. One of the key goals of the redevelopment program is to extend urban life to the brownfield area through new functions and connections. To support this ambition, a new station is planned to be established on the adjacent railway line, creating a new urban space directly by the future Museum.