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Fire Services Museum of Victoria

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Address: 39 Gisborne St, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9662 2907
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Historic fire fighting vehicles, on display at the city’s original 1893...

Historic fire fighting vehicles, on display at the city’s original 1893 fire station, are kept operational in case of emergency.

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This Museum is only open Thursday,Friday and Sunday and the reason is it is totally run by Volunteers. It looks great but unable to get in because we went on a Wednesday. Just... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 May 2016
Valerie F
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Melbourne, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the collection of old fire appliances they have a fantastic collection of helmets and insurance broker plaques. There are some interesting uniforms from both Melbourne/country Victoria and overseas. There are also lots of other pieces such as breathing apparatus and various fire extinguishers. The volunteers are former fire fighters and therefore very knowledgeable and like a chat! The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We were taken around by a volunteer ex fireman John, very informative. Loved looking at the old vehicles, helmets etc, not to mention the communications systems upstairs. Would've loved to have been able to go into the tower which is off limits as needs to be restored. Reasonable entry cost at $10 for adults. Time well spent

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

It is already a while ago, when we went to the museum in Melbourne. A retired firefighter showed us the whole museum an answered all our questions. It was a very interesting morning and we could just recommend to go there.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only. Was there on Wednesdays but it was closed so we came back on Thursday. For the price of $10 Adults and $8 for kids, its worth it. There were plenty of history describing the services and heroics of firemen in Victoria since it started in the late 1800's. Many real medals and some... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

The Fire Museum is probably more meaningful if you have a connection to the Fire Services. For the average museum goer, such as me, it wasn't all that exciting. It does have some interesting uniforms, badges and so on, and also a good video from the "Keystone Kops" era of fire fighting. Get there early, they begin closing up about... More 

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Thank Jeffry B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Loved visiting this museum, the ex fire fighters are are incredibly knowledgable and passionate. You can spend hours here wondering. Many of the artefacts are very unique like the old sprinkler units which where activated with explosives instead of water. The old fire communications centre was a real treat and it still works, quite ingenious really. This museum is right... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

This Museum is only open Thursday,Friday and Sunday and the reason is it is totally run by Volunteers. It looks great but unable to get in because we went on a Wednesday. Just looking around the complex it is a great piece of Melbourne's history. And we are so lucky that we are able to see and hear about this... More 

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Thank Valerie F
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

The volunteers (predominantly retired firefighters) really make this museum. Our guide gave us a great, very detailed explanation of many of the items on display during a tour that lasted over an hour. The only down side was that we had a 2.5 year old with us and his attention span wasn't really up to that level of detail and... More 

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Castlemaine, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

There was a free kids show in the morning that was great, with lots of participation and photo opportunities. This is a must to do with your kids. The museum has a shop and three rooms. It is not much better than a good RSL display and is a bit over priced. There could be so much more here in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

The Fire Services Museum of Victoria is a hot ticket in the fire fighting world. The museum has vintage and contemporary uniforms, including medals, veteran fire engines and fire fighting equipment. As they say about firemen "jumping Jack Flash is a,gas, gas, gas." Also, a video shows fire fighting in the 1890s, something like a fireman's version of the Keystone... More 

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