Fireman's Hall
Fireman's Hall
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 2nd St • 5 min walk
  • 5th St • 8 min walk
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A great museum into the history of fire safety and firefighters in Philadelphia. William Penn had envisioned this city's design to protect against fires.
Written 9 March 2023
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601greggj
Cincinnati, OH16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This little building is deceiving. It’s much bigger than it looks. Nice historical information about both the Philly FD and the fire service. Having been in the fire service, I found this museum a nice one-hour stop. They are on-duty firefighters there at the main desk if you have questions. Self-guided, no one in the display areas to guide you.
Written 12 September 2022
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nycmom22
New York City, NY3,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Really old fire fighting equipment is here. We saw a small child really enjoying himself amid displays and using his imagination to fight imaginary fires. This is close to Elfreth’s Alley so you can combine those visits.
Written 10 September 2022
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Kristin291
Milford, PA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Both my husband and I are firefighters so this museum was a must see for us. You start at the top floor and see all the tools that fire fighters had to use. They have pictures and helmets and just so much to see. Then you go down the stairs and in the "garage" of the building you can see all the different types of apparatus that they uses. Its crazy the differences from back then to now and how much more we have today. There is a small section of information and artifacts from September 11th. Definitely a must see and recommend that everyone goes.
Written 6 September 2022
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Kelley M
Miami, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Decided to visit after our tourguide from our hop on bus recommended it. Museum is free to visit. Very neat to see the history, as well as the old firetrucks.
Written 8 January 2022
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Nancy H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I worked for the PFD from 1971 to 1975 for Deputy Fire Commissioner Joseph McKenna. He was instrumental in acquiring pieces for the museum. I would walk from Fire Headquarters to the Museum to drop off items. I was in town to visit my daughter and our whole family went. The gentleman who worked there is a volunteer and we talked about the famous fires and the legends of the department, who are now deceased. Would recommend this gem to anyone who visits Philadelphia, it is free and contains an exhibit on 9/11. This is the 150th anniversary of America's first paid fire department.
Written 1 November 2021
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ4,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
What an interesting museum and I am not just saying this because I am a fire fighter!

It really tells an in depth account of the history of the Philadelphia Fire Department and its formation. There is all sorts of interesting pictures to look at and equipment to see. They have all sorts of old pumpers and ladder trucks as well as day to day fire equipment. They even have interesting displays of fire medallions from the old companies and old patches from the companies. There are three floors of displays and really take time to look at the fire equipment.

Real fire fighters man the desk and visit the museum so you can ask them questions and they have an interesting little gift shop with patches and other items. It is a must for any family member who is a fire buff.
Written 21 June 2021
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Kate H
Sarasota, FL31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Wanted to stop by since a good friend is a firefighter/paramedic and my husband dispatches for our county's emergency ops center. Staffed by firefighters, it was very interesting with apparatus going back to the early days, as well as a moving 9/11 display and a beautiful stained glass window on the second floor. Entry is free but we left a donation before we left. Add this to your list of things to do in Philly!
Written 24 October 2019
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grandpajoe
new york94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Went to the Fireman's exhibit with grand kids, they wanted to see it - very interesting, a great exhibit on 9/11
Written 4 September 2019
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cenzt
Iowa17,744 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Average trip. We arrived at approximately 1:15 pm and made our way into the tiny museum. There were several large fire trucks and old fashioned gear out for display on the first floor of the museum. There was a beautiful stained glass mural above the front door that showed a firefighter battling a large blaze and saving a child. On the second floor of the museum were more artifacts, that were located behind large glass encasing's. There were also informational plaques that detailed each item and its significance in Philadelphia history.

Tip: I recommend spending 30 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
Written 10 August 2019
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