Fire Museum of Memphis

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Fire Museum of Memphis
Memphis TN Fire Museum 2010 01.jpg
Established 1998[1]
Location 118 Adams Ave., Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°08′53″N 90°03′04″W / 35.14816°N 90.05098°W / 35.14816; -90.05098
Type Fire Museum
Director Penny Smith
Public transit access MATA Trolley: Main Street Line or Riverfront Loop at Jefferson Ave. Station

The Fire Museum of Memphis is located in Fire Engine House No. 1 on 118 Adams Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The museum is dedicated to document the local history of fire fighting and to promote fire safety. The museum provides static exhibits as well as video documentation. For children there is original fire fighting and ambulance equipment to play on as well as an escape maze to crawl through.


The Fire Museum of Memphis is located in the Fire Engine House No. 1, which was built in 1910. Historic exhibits in the museum date back to the early 1900s.[2] Several historic fire engines that were used by the Memphis Fire Department are on display at the museum.[3]

Other exhibits consist of antique fire fighting equipment, historic uniforms, American and European Firefighter's helmets, badges, lanterns, antique fire fighting toys and fire engine scale models.[3] A fire simulation room safely demonstrates the development of a fire in a residence. The simulation recreates the experience to be in a burning house.[4] Video stations document the history of fire fighting. A model of the Fire Station No. 1, in which today's museum is housed, shows the station as it was in 1910. Outside of the museum, a memorial wall is dedicated to the Memphis fire fighters who have died in the line of duty.

Children of all ages can experience playing on and with authentic fire equipment. A crew cabin of an E-One fire truck can be explored and played on by children, as well as an authentic ambulance unit and a Ward-LaFrance Pumper. Children can experience being on an aerial platform, slide down a fireman's pole or practice crawling through an escape maze. They can also meet Ol' Billy, the talking horse, and the only horse to retire from the Memphis Fire Department.[3]

The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children. 2 and under admitted free. $4 for Seniors and Military

Two for Tuesdays - 2 for 1 Admissions[3]

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  1. ^ "The Fire Museum cuts staff". The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee vacation - Fire Museum of Memphis". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Memphis Museums - Fire Museum of Memphis". Fire Museum of Memphis. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Fire Museum of Memphis". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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