The New York City Fire Museum displays the richest collection of fire-related art and artifacts in the United States, with objects dating from the 18th century to the present. Beautifully preserved hand-drawn, horse-drawn and motorized rigs, toys and models, prints, photographs and paintings show visitors how firefighting has changed.
The museum is located in a renovated 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse in SoHo. The permanent first-floor exhibition is organized around firefighting tools and vehicles—from leather buckets used by Colonial brigades to a shiny red 1950s searchlight truck. The second floor's permanent and changing exhibitions primarily celebrate 19th-century volunteer firefighters and feature presentation silver, Currier & Ives prints, folk art, firemarks and beautiful parade wagons, including the Hope—a red and gold pumper used at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.
The museum maintains a memorial to the 343 members of FDNY-EMS who made the Supreme Sacrifice on September 11, 2001 and an accompanying exhibit of FDNY artifacts recovered from the Ground Zero site.
Families may visit the museum during regular hours. Personalized birthday celebrations for children ages 4 through 8 can also be arranged.
The Group Tour Program emphasizes the importance of fire safety in the home and school. Conducted by a uniformed firefighter, the program combines firefighting history and an interactive visit to a specially built model apartment that highlights fire hazards and teaches fire prevention. Fire safety literature is distributed. Programs offered in Spanish and other languages by special arrangement.