About Us

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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.

Exhibits Include:

  • 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 4:30 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.