The museum interprets the history of firefighting in Philadelphia through its collections of artifacts and archives, and promotes fire prevention safety. It is housed in a 1902 firehouse at 147 N 2nd Street in Philadelphia, just a few steps North of Elfreth’s Alley.
- Hand drawn, horse drawn and motorized apparatus.
- The country’s first 9/11 exhibit commemorating the firefighters who gave their lives.
- A large stained glass window memorial to Philadelphia firefighters who died in the line of duty.
- “Franklin’s Volunteers” Philadelphia’s early fire companies.
- Fire Marks and memorabilia from the early days of property insurance.
- Interviews with the Variants about the days of the segregated department.
- Play our “when to call 911” computer quiz
- Try on fire coats and boots.
- Steer the fire boat and see video of Independence on the water.
The museum is open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On the first Friday of each month the museum is open until 9:30 pm. We are closed on Sunday, Monday and all city holidays.
Admission is free although donations are always welcome. Group tours are available by calling in advance 215-923-1438.