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Fireman's Hall, Philadelphia

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Religious Site · History Museum
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Fireman's Hall Museum, located in a restored firehouse in the heart of Philadelphias historic Old City district, is one of the nation's premier fire museums. Here, the history and heroic moments of Philadelphia firefighting, both past and present, are celebrated through the museum's exhibits, public programs and award ceremonies. Owned by the City of Philadelphia, the museum is operated by the Philadelphia Fire Department and supported by the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation.

The mission of Fireman's Hall Museum is to preserve the ongoing history of Philadelphia firefighting through the collection, preservation and presentation of related artifacts for the education of the public and to encourage sound fire prevention practices.

The collection at Fireman's Hall of fire fighting tools, apparatus, uniforms, photographs, prints and fire marks are displayed in exhibits throughout the restored 1902 firehouse to which a new wing was added in 1977.
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  • Decided to visit after our tourguide from our hop on bus recommended it. Museum is free to visit. Very neat to see the history, as well as the old firetrucks. 
    Decided to visit after our tourguide from our hop on bus recommended it. Museum is free to visit. Very neat to see the history, as well as the old firetrucks.  more »
  • I worked for the PFD from 1971 to 1975 for Deputy Fire Commissioner Joseph McKenna. He was instrumental in acquiring pieces for the museum. I would walk from Fire Headquarters to the Museum to drop.....  more
    I worked for the PFD from 1971 to 1975 for Deputy Fire Commissioner Joseph McKenna. He was instrumental in acquiring pieces for the museum. I would walk from Fire Headquarters to the Museum to drop.....  more »
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  • Really awesome museum with two floors of displays in the building that once was the first fire department in the United States. It was really informative, but I was genuinely surprised by just how many physical pieces of history were on display in what seemed like such a small building. The first floor contained a garage of sorts that had historical engines that were hundreds of years old, super cool to see. The museum was also free to get into, but they accept donations to keep it running.
  • This is a nice gem to visit. Lots of interesting items related to fire fighting. Well worth going the extra distance to find it. It is near Elfreths Alley. Enjoyed it very much.

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