New Bedford Fire Museum

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New Bedford Fire Museum
New Bedford Fire Museum.jpg
The New Bedford Fire Museum, formerly Fire Station No. 4
Established 1976
Location New Bedford, MA, USA
Type Firefighting museum

The New Bedford Fire Museum is located in the former Fire Station No. 4 at the corner of Sixth and Bedford streets in that city in the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

The museum has a collection of old firefighting equipment and some old fire engines. Visitors can try on old uniforms and slide down the pole.[1] Old city fire records dating to 1890 are available for research and review.[2] Retired and active city firefighters act as docents.

Rain damage to the station's roof[3] recently required the closing and renovation of the museum's second story. It reopened in July 2008.[4]

Fire Station No. 4[edit]

Fire Station No. 4
New Bedford Fire Museum is located in Massachusetts
New Bedford Fire Museum
Location 79 S. 6th St., New Bedford, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°37′41″N 70°55′38″W / 41.62806°N 70.92722°W / 41.62806; -70.92722Coordinates: 41°37′41″N 70°55′38″W / 41.62806°N 70.92722°W / 41.62806; -70.92722
Area 0.1 acre
Built 1867
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Local
Part of County Street Historic District (#76000229)
NRHP Reference # 75000250[5]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 24, 1975
Designated CP August 11, 1976

Housed in red brick building, Fire Station No. 4 opened in 1867 and was one of the oldest continuously operating fire stations in the state when it was closed in 1979.[1] In 1975 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Fire Station No. 4. The museum was opened the following year.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Santos, Rick (2002). "New Bedford Fire Museum". New Bedford Area Visitor Guide. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Museums in Massachusetts". 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b Corey, William (1998-08-05). "Rain, rain go away: Fire Museum crumbles under leaking roof". The Standard-Times (Ottaway Community Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-07-15. Since its opening 22 years ago, Mr. Roy and a volunteer committee of 12 have been the custodians of the museum housed in a former fire station at Bedford and Sixth streets. 
  4. ^ "The New Bedford Fire Museum will be reopening for the summer season on July 7, 2008.". Local 841 bulletin board. International Association of Firefighters Local 841. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-07-15. [dead link]
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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