Housed in an authentic 1876 firehouse, this museum traces the history of fire fighting, from the volunteer company founded in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin in 1736 to the professional departments of the 20th century. The collection includes early hand- and horse-drawn fire engines, such as an 1815 hand pumper, and 1857 steamer, and a 1907 three-horse Metropolitan steamer; fire marks (18th-century building signs marking them as insured for fire); uniforms; other memorabilia;
and a 9/11 memorial. There is also a gift shop on site and online.
Oct 19, 2008
A must for fire memorabilia buffs, and worth a look-see even if you're not. Has several nice pieces of antique fire vehicles, as well as fire buckets and marks, uniforms, equipment, and more. It's also free.