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Fire Museum of Memphis
Type: History Museums, Museums
The Fire Museum of Memphis occupies the old Engine House Number One in downtown Memphis, built in 1910. The museum depicts the life of a firefighter and presents vintage equipment dating from the... Read More
The Fire Museum of Memphis occupies the old Engine House Number One in downtown Memphis, built in 1910. The museum depicts the life of a firefighter and presents vintage equipment dating from the early 1900s, including a restored 1897 Hale Water Tower, which was actually used through 1973 to fight fires in buildings higher than two stories. The "Fire Room" exhibit uses advanced technology to deliver true-life effects of past fires and disasters. You'll actually feel the heat as you view firefighters tackling huge flames. Even better, a talking horse tells stories of yesteryear firefighting! Other exhibits include a 1910 horse-drawn steam engine, a pictorial history of the city's first African American firefighters, and interactive exhibits that teach fire safety and educate about emergency services, from EMS to 9-1-1. A beautiful memorial wall is dedicated to the firefighters who died in the line of duty.
- Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
- Adult $6; Senior (60+) $4; Military $4; Child (3-12) $5; Child (2 and under) Free; Family $20
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Kids will be enthralled with the antique engines and early firefighting artifacts, and it's a great place to host a birthday party.
- Best for Museums Because: Fire safety is a big part of what the museum does, and educators are on hand to talk fire safety with guests.
- Best for Attractions near FedExForum Because: Kids will love the chance to experience the Fire Museum - easily reached by a short trip on the Main Street Trolley.