Fireman's Hall
147 North 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2010
(215) 923-1438

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Directly descended from Ben Franklin's 1736 "Union Fire Company," Fireman's Hall National Firehouse and Museum of Philadelphia is undoubtedly the ultimate museum of its kind.

The Museum is located in Philadelphia's Olde City, in a beautifully restored Fire Station that was in use from 1902 to 1952. It offers visitors two floors of exciting exhibits in a variety of media, and an unparalleled education in the history of firefighting in America.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted with a neat animated display depicting the discovery of fire on the prehistoric plain. Then they continue their tour of the first floor, through the early days of firefighting. The Bucket Brigades are shown in a dramatic exhibit with life-size figures manning a replica water pump.

The story continues with the rise of the organized Volunteer Department -- America's first Fire Department, started by Benjamin Franklin. Displays include a valuable collection of original Fire Marks and an authentic 1815 Hand Pumper.

The second floor of the Museum features exhibits that trace the rise of the Paid Department. Displays include magnificent models of early equipment, collections of hand tools, early fire fighting techniques, and a stained glass window that focuses on the personal story of "the man at the front of the line."

Visitors can inspect the recreated Living Quarters of the early professional fire fighter and hear actual fire fighters reminisce about past glories. Or stand in the wheelhouse of an actual fireboat!

The Fire Horse is honored here with his own display depicting his important role in fire fighting and life saving. And the Apparatus Room exhibits actual pieces of rolling stock -- hand-pumpers and steamers -- all out in the open, and touching is allowed.

Though there are no specific educational programs, guided tours are educational, indeed. Individuals, families and groups of all ages are invited and encouraged to visit this great Museum and experience the history of this important organization.

Fire Education is stressed at this museum, making a visit very popular with School Groups. Children and adults can see special movies on this subject as well as take home vital fire prevention materials.

Hours: Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4:30pm. Open until 9pm first Friday of the month. Closed Sunday and Mondays and holidays.
Donation requested.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance. 4 weeks April through November.
Lunch: Nearby restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: Located at 2nd and Quarry Sts.

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