Fire Museum of Memphis

Type: History Museums, Museums

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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 the firefighters who died in the line of duty.


118 Adams Ave
Memphis, TN 38103

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Things to Do with Kids, Museums, Attractions near FedExForum: "There's two-for-one admission pricing on Tuesdays."

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.

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