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.
The museum is open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are closed on Sunday, Monday and all city holidays.

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 Valiants 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 the fire boat Independence on the water

Admission is free although donations are always welcome. Group tours are available by calling in advance 215-923-1438 or email museum curator [email protected]