The New York Fire Museum

Preserving and Displaying Fire Culture in New York
The New York Fire Museum

The New York Fire Museum has been around since 1934, when it first opened in Long Island City under a different name. Soon after, it moved to Lower Manhattan. The main goal of the Fire Museum is to promote the rich history and culture of New York’s fire service. Additionally, the museum works to educate the public on fire safety.

To make the move to Lower Manhattan, a nonprofit organization called Friends of the New York City Fire Department Collection started. This nonprofit organization worked to raise funds to repurpose and restore an old firehouse on Spring Street. As a result, today the Fire Museum features an elaborate collection of fire memorabilia. All artifacts within the museum were given to the museum as donations from groups like the Home Insurance Company.

The Fire Museum also dedicates exhibitions to the evolution of firefighters and their techniques since the years of Peter Stuyvesant’s establishment of New Amsterdam. Additionally, the museum has a special exhibition  displaying a memorial for the 343 fallen firefighters who were present during 9/11. In this exhibition are also a number of artifacts that detectives uncovered in the rubble of 9/11.

The New York Fire Museum also offers fire safety training for kids attending school from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Today, the Fire Museum attracts over 40,000 visitors a year from the nation and from almost every nation in the world. Retired firefighters make up the volunteer staff and are proud to showcase their history with the fire department.

The museum itself has received recognition from the New York State Department of Education. This recognition allows the museum to establish precedence and credibility as a historical center. Upon visiting, guests can explore fire history in New York City and witness amazing accomplishments and sacrifices.

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278 Spring Street, New York, NY, 10013


(212) 691-1303


Take the C or E subway lines to Spring Street or take the 1 subway line to Houston Street. Alternatively, take the M10 or M21 to Spring Street.

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