With so many well-known museums to visit in Philadelphia, it’s easy to skip over some of our tiny gems. But if you’re spending the day in the Old City/Society Hill area (which is known for not only Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center and so many homes of historically-relevant Americans, but also top-notch dining), then be sure to stop by Fireman’s Hall Museum.
Housed in a restored firehouse, this small museum holds firetrucks that date back centuries, allowing visitors to get up close to the detail. The goal of the museum is to preserve the history of fire fighting in Philadelphia–there you’ll see images of city fires of the past, as well as tributes to those served and those fallen.
Most exciting for our children, the upstairs Kids Zone allows children the opportunity to touch and try. Throughout the second floor are fire truck puzzles, real fire fighter clothing to try on, and activities to teach children about fire safety. For older children, there are computerized activities.
The Fireman’s Hall Museum is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is one of our tiny, lesser-known treasures. Entrance is free, though donations are encouraged. Plan to spend 30-60 minutes perusing the hall, learning about our city’s history as well as fire safety. Check out the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Kid Zone for safety activities.
Location: 147 N. 2nd Street • Philadelphia, PA 19106. Photo by G.Widman for GPTMC.
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