The Central Ohio Fire Museum is a firefighting museum in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The museum is housed in the former Engine House No. 16 of the Columbus Fire Department, built in 1908. It was listed on the Columbus Register of Historic Properties in 1983 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.To visit Central Ohio Fire Museum and get the most from your holiday in Columbus, create itinerary details personal to you using our Columbus online journey planner.
The building was completed in 1908, built as the last in the city to accommodate horse-drawn engines (the transition to motorized equipment began one year later). It was remodeled several times for larger equipment, and was closed in 1982 when the new Engine House No. 1 was built two blocks away. The city began leasing the station to the Central Ohio Fire Museum, which facilitated a restoration of the building's exterior in 1990. The facade's third story and decorative parapet were rebuilt, along with the top of its hose tower. New doors were added based on the original design as well.
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Clem gave us the tour (with a little help from Sami). Great tour, very interesting. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in history or firefighting!
Clem gave us the tour (with a little help from Sami). Great tour, very interesting. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in history or firefighting! more »
This was a really nice tour in an old early 1800s firehouse with lots of fire trucks and other memorabilia. Our tour guide was a retired firefighter and was very knowledgeable and funny. We learned a.... more
This was a really nice tour in an old early 1800s firehouse with lots of fire trucks and other memorabilia. Our tour guide was a retired firefighter and was very knowledgeable and funny. We learned a.... more »
Very nice small museum! I was in town for a convention and had some time to kill and I was staying just down the road so I thought I'd stop in and check them out and I am very glad that I did. This is a great place to go if you are just interested in a little fire history and Columbus history, and would be a very good place to bring your kids or a school group, because not only do you learn about the history but they teach a little fire safety as well. The displays were great and the staff was even better, I'm so glad that I decided to swing by!
This place was awesome. They weren't even open and still invited me in because I was only there for one day. Their tour was amazing and their collection wonderful. The guy even took me into the behind the scenes area. I loved it and learned so much. Definitly visit the museum when in the area.
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