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Central Ohio Fire Museum, Columbus

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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.
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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  • We hosted a 5th birthday party here and the staff and venue were both incredible. The museum is one of my son’s favorite places (specifically the play area) and it did not disappoint! 
    We hosted a 5th birthday party here and the staff and venue were both incredible. The museum is one of my son’s favorite places (specifically the play area) and it did not disappoint!  more »
  • What a fun time! Grandkids really enjoyed the play area including a working fire truck simulator! The adults enjoyed the guided tour and displays. We were fortunate to have the director of the... 
    What a fun time! Grandkids really enjoyed the play area including a working fire truck simulator! The adults enjoyed the guided tour and displays. We were fortunate to have the director of the...  more »
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  • Very Nice food, bit too crispy fries apart from that I enjoyed the meal
  • This was fun for my 3+ year old son but he has quite the imagination and loves fire trucks. Play area is small and it's mostly a museum, and exhibits are not that interactive. But for interaction you have firefighters leading tours and answering questions, a huge plus! On the whole we had a great time in our 90 minute visit but I don't think it's anywhere close to worth the cost, that's why I'm ranking it only three stars.

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