Housed in an original fire station, the Houston Fire Museum takes advantage of the authentic surroundings to showcase the history of the Houston Fire Department and the lives of firemen stretching back through the decades.
The Romanesque building, constructed in 1899 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was an active duty station until 1969. Today’s museum has undergone a full renovation since its foundation in 1982 and now is an excellent place to see real fire equipment.
Among the exhibits are a horse-drawn steamer, a hand-powered pumper, and the latest donation, a 1937 Chevrolet pumper. The watch office holds a working pull-box to simulate the experience of receiving a fire call, accompanied by a collection of antique fire service artifacts in the former locker room.
The relatively small Houston Fire Museum is a great destination for families with children who will enjoy the play area with a sliding pole as well as the front of a real fire truck cab. Last but not least, it offers the opportunity to try on a firefighter uniform which is sure to make the visit a success.
The Houston Fire Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children (ages 2-12).
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