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Fireman's Hall

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Address: 149 N. Second, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2097
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+1 215-923-1438
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Fee: No

Stop by this small (and free!) museum on your walking tour of Philadelphia....

Stop by this small (and free!) museum on your walking tour of Philadelphia. Staffed by actual firemen, Firemans Hall exhibits artifacts, such as leather buckets and fire marks, once and sometimes still used to fight city fires.

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Fascinating display

We took our four year old son here today and I was really impressive by the array of historic equipment and gear. The old fire trucks, once pulled by horses, were fascinating... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 August 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

We took our four year old son here today and I was really impressive by the array of historic equipment and gear. The old fire trucks, once pulled by horses, were fascinating. We saw old fire extinguishers that couldn't possibly have helped much to fight a fire. It was an eye opener and my son seemed to enjoy himself too.... More 

Thank heathtreat
Media, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

If you are in Olde City Philadelphia, this is a museum you have to go to. In an old Firehall, this museum offers so many interesting facts about the history of fire fighting as well as displaying a good amount of apparatus. This kids will enjoy the fire trucks and you will enjoy the history. Plus admission is a suggested... More 

1 Thank B0B18
Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Great place filled with history and artifacts from when it was a functioning firehouse. Everything from a brass pole, to a horse drawn hose carrier and a 1920's fire engine.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

Stumbled across this place whilst walking about the Old City area. Small little gem with nice and interesting exhibits, with one of course for 911. Friendly staff on arrival and then chatting away at the end was a pleasure. No fee although a donation is surely a must. Delightful find.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

I stumbled upon this place on my last day in Philadelphia, and I was so glad I had time to stop in. It's very interesting and informative, and does a great job of honoring the men who risk their lives to save ours.

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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Do not take Firefighters/paramedics for granted. They work hard, saves lives and are on call 24/7. I have great admiration for the men and women who risk their lives to save ours and this museum says it all. From the old type fire apparatus to the current tragedies of 9/11. The displays are done in style touching everything you need... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2015

While we visited Philadelphia last October, we stopped by this treasure. We have family members who are firefighters/paramedics so we always try to visit fire departments/museums when we travel. So, we were extremely happy to find this little jewel after walking to Elfreths Alley. The museum and the volunteer firefighters on sight were wonderful. What rich fire history! We learned... More 

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

This small museum is one of the best in Philly and shows some of the firefighting equipment used in centuries past. I think its astonishing that they were able to put out major fires with the primitive equipment they had. They have made a commitment to restoration of the many engines in the museum, and have some very unusual pieces.... More 

1 Thank Greg B
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

This museum was designed for the Bicentennial to showcase Philadelphia’s rich firefighting history, the first organized volunteer fire company in Colonial America, established by Benjamin Franklin in 1736 (Union Fire Company). It is housed in a restored 1902 authentic fire house, to which a wing was added for the museum exhibits. This tribute to firefighters is located at 147 N.... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

Great place for the family or take a break from the normal Philly attractions. Volunteer run by Philly's finest, donation accepted. 911 memorial that will always bring a tear to your eye. Nice artifacts of PFD.🚒🚨

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