New York City Fire Museum

New York City Fire Museum

278 Spring Street
New York, NY 

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Wed–Sun 12 pm–6 pm

$15/adults, $10/students, seniors & firefighters, $6/children

The official FDNY museum, located in a renovated 1904 firehouse, traces the development of firefighting in New York from the early bucket brigades to the present day.

🚒 See a horse-drawn ladder wagon, early rescue gear and breathing equipment, alarm boxes from various eras, and motorized vehicles, such as a 1921 American La France engine, all of which give a sense of what firefighting was like at different times in the city’s paid department era.

👨‍🚒 Tools and clothing used by modern firefighters are also on display (plus some bunker gear and helmets in adult and kid sizes to try on). The transition from turnout coats to all-encompassing bunker gear is shown on a series of mannequins.

🎉 “Firefighting on Parade” features striking examples of elaborate hand-drawn and hand-pumped engines, including a piano box style engine, a goose neck pumper, and a double-decker Philadelphia style engine.

⛑  Learn life-saving lessons about fire prevention, home fire safety devices, fire risks in the home, and how to escape a fire in the interactive Fire Safety Learning Center.

🥁 Summer exhibit Strike Up the Band: A Tribute to the Bands of the Bravest includes band artifacts, including an original FDNY band outfit and a bagpipe.

🇺🇸 A separate memorial exhibit honors the 343 members of FDNY-EMS who made the supreme sacrifice on September 11, 2001.

👨‍🚒 Retired firefighter docents are available during the morning and early afternoon to answer questions and provide colorful and personal insight into the FNYD.

⭐️ Pick up a scavenger hunt and look for artifacts to win a surprise gift.

👶 Strollers allowed, with elevator access to second floor and third floor bathrooms.

🛍 The museum gift shop sells a large variety of FDNY memorabilia and museum exclusive items.

🍽 Not far from legendary Dominique Ansel Bakery.

🌳 Head west to scenic Hudson River Park, then south along the water to the destination playground and mini golf at Pier 25.