The New York City Fire Museum is a museum dedicated to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is housed in the former quarters of the FDNY's Engine Company No. 30, a renovated 1904 fire house at 278 Spring Street between Varick and Hudson Streets.
The museum cares for over 10,000 objects as well as an archive of records, ephemera and photographs estimated in the tens of thousands of pieces celebrating the history of the fire service and the FDNY. Examples of modern-day firefighting equipment, as well as a permanent memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who died at the World Trade Center site after the September 11 attacks, are also on permanent display at the museum. In November 2015 the museum was granted an Absolute Charter by the Board of Regents of the New York State Department of Education. The entity that runs the museum is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization.
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|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
sky unidentifiedstorm | Mar 4, 2018
Great venue to hold your special occasions. Several levels, to for for parties, museum below. Originally a fire house. 911 Bull located in front. Pay Parking lot next door. Easy to find by car. Transit close by.
Sean Sims | Jan 5, 2018
A unique attraction in the big city. I happened to visit the day Santa was rescued from the roof! Two floors of firefighting history provides a very thorough overview in a pretty small space. They also have a very nice banquet room on the 3rd floor for special events. I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in firefighting history visit the museum.
Tom IsTheName | Jan 25, 2018
Awesome place and awesome piece of history. Great place to bring a kid that is interested in firefighting. If you're interested in the job it's a great place to visit. Good price, free for fdny members. Two floors of historical firefighting artifacts. Highly recommend for everyone
Steve Smith | Dec 16, 2017
An awesome and inexpensive stop for firefighters or those interested in fire history in the City of New York. There is a lot to see in this three story building. Just a few blocks from a train stop, you can walk in and spend a couple hours exploring (if you want to) or a half hour perusing. Tons of history from speaking trumpets, engines, dogs, the halligan bar, and of course 9/11. My wife and I enjoyed it and if you have time and think this might be for you, give it a shot.
Jorge Ledesma | Feb 1, 2018
Best fire museum you will ever visit. Every artifact imaginable is on display, since the inception of the FDNY. Also a great place for kids to learn fire safety and the gift shop has great items.
Anne Elizabeth Smoak | Apr 2, 2018
Love the history here. They have a memorial room for the events of 9/11 with a detailed video of actual footage. The history upstairs includes horse drawn fire trucks and leather art. Also there are some really cool fire throwing devices. Check out the gift shop, and ask any of the staff if you have questions.
Leticia Santos | May 2, 2018
I saw this museum in a list of the 21 best things to do with children in Manhattan. Honestly, it is certainly not. The only interactive thing they have for children is that u are able to dress up as a fireman. I believe that if it was set as a real firestation is it would be much more fun for the children. Instead it has lots of historical things about fireman's and how they used to
Salim Virji | Apr 7, 2018
Although the Fire Museum has a good collection of antique and historical fire-fighting items, it offers little to place firefighting in context, and the museum lacks entirely in exhibits that might appeal to young children. Nothing is available to climb on or interact with, and most exhibits rely on text-heavy descriptions. A single video installation featuring weird! 80s fire safety commercials? accompanies a timeline of NYC firefighting and significant fire events — yet the photos are all at adult eye level. There is a rack of firefighting jackets and equipment that kids can try on.
Jenny Perez | May 4, 2018
Great class trip for the kids!! The fire fighters were very informative and patient with the children. One of them even walked us over to a great lunch spot.
M Oculus | May 7, 2018
A once grand fire station serves as the setting for a critical slice of NYC history. Without generations of these brave people, the city would've burned down long ago. They do their best to squeeze a great deal of judiciously selected history into a small space. They're stretched across two modestly sized floors with a third reserved for special events like wedding receptions. They impress you with both large and small displays and don't skimp on important social reforms that helped make them more reflective of the people they serve. There's a solemn section devoted to the sacrifices made by the city's bravest on 9/11 including a specific mention of those lost from the nearest firehouse. What's impressive may be the number of horse (and human) drawn wagons that once formed the primary vehicle response to fires. They're huge and there are a number of them and to think they were once drawn by people - as much as they were by horses - is amazing. In addition, fighting fires was once performed entirely by volunteers and each station was funded by a wealthy benefactor. There are a number of such fascinating details on display here. Definitely worth a visit.
Nicky ann | Jun 10, 2018
Let me start by saying you'll need an informed guide and a lot of time. Kids can "drive" an old fire truck, read cool history, dress as a fireman and shop for fdny gear. But the best part is the comfortable layout its especially good for large families because no one can get lost.
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