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Fireman's Hall

149 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2097
+1 215-923-1438
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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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149 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2097
City Center East
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"stained glass"
in 14 reviews
"elfreth's alley"
in 14 reviews
"museum is free"
in 6 reviews
"firefighting equipment"
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"old firehouse"
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"cool pictures"
in 2 reviews
"fire house"
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"their lives"
in 4 reviews
"a small gift shop"
in 3 reviews
"nice collection"
in 3 reviews
"great museum"
in 6 reviews
"old city"
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"betsy ross house"
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"second floor"
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"firefighters"
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"donation"
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"memorabilia"
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

i somehow have missed this little treasure on my previous visits. located in a renovated fire house in old city, you can easily spend a leisurely hour exploring fire-fighting history, and it is very kid-friendly. there are models of old fire trucks, and several full-sized...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

An unusual museum housed in a renovated firehouse just a few steps from Elfreth's Alley and free! This site is dedicated to the city's history through the lens of firefighting. The entrance is on a small side street (Quarry) and there is no admission fee....More

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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Wow, what a neat place! Lots of great pieces to see. The firemen that man the museum are friendly and informative. Ask them to demonstrate how the old pull boxes worked. Amazing stuff.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Took my best friend a retired firefighter / paramedic. We had a great afternoon. He went down memory lane looking at the history. Well worth doing. The stained glass upstairs is amazing.

1  Thank Honestyrule1
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

This museum is a little out of the way from the usual historical buildings in town but well worth the time to see it. You can take in the Betsy Ross House and Elfreth's Alley on the way there. The museum is free but accepts...More

1  Thank anner0ck
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

I really stumbled upon this place when having a day off of work and being in the area. I am so happy that I found my way here so that I could see a truly hidden gem. There is no admission price, but they have...More

1  Thank moravian99
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Interesting place to visit, if you're into that stuff. Husband is a Fire Lt, so it was on our must do list. Love that they included some 9/11 artifacts.

1  Thank Kglea2014
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Nice museum with a good collection of historical firefighting equipment. The old concept of fire "insurance" is really interesting. There is no charge for admission, only a donation. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This is a sight worth stopping at if you like historical fire apparatus. In the first firehouse, lots of old type fire trucks, equipment. Little children LOVED it. Clean bathrooms, small gift shop, Free plus donation.

Thank jewel888
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

We've been to quite a few fire museums and this was one of the best! It gives a great history of fire prevention and fire brigades, especially since this is where it all started! In this respect, this IS the best fire museum! The museum...More

1  Thank MEEEK
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Hayley1607
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Response from moravian99 | Reviewed this property |
I would say an hour is a good amount of time to spend. You could go through it quicker, but might miss some of the details in the display cases.
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