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Fireman's Hall

Address: 149 N. Second, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
Phone Number: 1 215 923 1438
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Ranked #12 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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Fee: No
Owner description: 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 attraction reviews
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Dallas, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Tucked in Old City, this great little museum packs a bunch. The biggest wow? The host/guide at the door of this former fire station is a current, actual firefighter. Dan went above and beyond to make sure our trip was worth the stop. The displays are great. A few interactive ones for kids. The 9/11 memorabilia is worth the stop... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Philadelphia is the home of fire departments, so go see how and where it all began! Great place for the kids to experience and adults can see all the history of great fires and the great men who fought them. Don't miss it, really!

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Preston, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The museum is small but very well put together. The firemen who work there are active duty firemen and this museum is part of their rotations. They are friendly and eager present the history of firefighting in Philadelphia. The museum has great artifacts and memorabilia. Free will donation is all that is asked for to view this museum.

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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This little interactive museum is a great stop for families or fire buffs, or history lovers. It's on the edge of the old city kind of removed from the bustling independence stuff. It's free and the sell cool souvenirs.

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