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Fireman's Hall

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Address: 149 N. Second, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 1 215 923 1438
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fee: No
Description: Stop by this small (and free!) museum on your walking tour of...
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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small but very interesting

indeed created withing a real old firehouse! many items dating back to 1850s or possibly earlier....no rush; a leasurely self paced two story builiding of fire fighting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Rochester Ny Area
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Rochester Ny Area
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353 reviews 353 reviews
189 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

indeed created withing a real old firehouse! many items dating back to 1850s or possibly earlier....no rush; a leasurely self paced two story builiding of fire fighting memorabilia....

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New York
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145 reviews 145 reviews
5 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Attempted to visit on January 3rd. Doors locked, lights off, and a note on the door states "closed until further notice". No additional information anywhere else.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I actually came here by accident, but I can now recommend going there on purpose. Small but very interesting. Fantastic staff. Some cool fire engines. Kids would love it.

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Hsinchu, T'ai-wan, Taiwan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I visited one day before Thanksgiving. The museum is small, but was not crowded that day. There were stories about the fireman in the US history, and some things about 911. Some fire trucks are exhibited and the tools they use. It is a location suitable for kids.

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Bath
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Run by volunteers who are well informed passionate supporters of the fire service and rightly proud of those who served this old fireman's hall will delight adults and children alike, Entry is free but donations appreciated so don't be stingy and give what you can afford. Thoughtful and moving displays related to 9/11, ancient fire engines, and dress up boxes... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I wouldn't have gone here but for having found myself at the door. found it to be an really interesting exhibit; nice collection of old fire equipment and a well done 9/11 tribute. As Fireman exhibits go - this is a really good one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

During our 4-day tour with the Muskingum University Wind Ensemble in Pennsylvania, we took a free-day in Philadelphia to tour the city for ourselves. This was a very interpretive firefighter museum with lots of great exhibits and if anyone is interested, please stop by!!

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Flagler Beach, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Really interesting fireman artifacts, deep in the oldest part of Philadelohia andthey have one of or maybe the first fire engine..and it's free..

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Punta Gorda, Belize
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

In all my years living a nice walk away in Philly, somehow I never visited this place. Until my cousin, who collects toy fire trucks, visited. We had a blast! I loved seeing so many old fire trucks, of course. I also got a feel for how firefighters have viewed themselves over time--fascinating!

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I noticed plaques on historic homes and there were for specific insurance companies associated with fire protection and rebuilding. This was interesting and the various evolution of fire trucks, plus an author worked there who had photographed and written a couple pertinent books.

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