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Address: 315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Number: 513-621-5553
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Description: History of firefighting in Cincinnati is told in many fine exhibits...
History of firefighting in Cincinnati is told in many fine exhibits, audio-visual presentations and scale model dioramas.
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Amazing collection of Firefighting equipment throught Cincinnat's history

An excellent overview of Cincinnati firefighting history from the 1790's. The collection includes many items from the 19th Century including fire buckets, hats, hand pumpers, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Portland, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a little known gem that I just happened to find a coupon for. It was very interesting and very well kept. I would recommend taking kids to this as it is great history.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

An excellent overview of Cincinnati firefighting history from the 1790's. The collection includes many items from the 19th Century including fire buckets, hats, hand pumpers, and horse drawn steam pumpers. The 20th Century collection includes Fox Ahrens motorized fire engines. Whether wanting to learn about the history of American firefighting in general or the proud heritage of Cincinnati's smoke eaters,... More 

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New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My sister and i went to the fire museum on Saturday and we had a blast. The fee to the museum was very reasonable and the woman at the window was very nice. She directed us down the stairs to see the early history of Cincinnati's fire department. We walked down the first flight where a pole was available for... More 

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253 reviews 253 reviews
83 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great museum showing the history of fire engines and fire fighters. Great for family with small kids - small museum, strollers are OK. Have the kids sit in a fire engine, push buttons, start the sirens, etc. Great picture opps. You can even have a kids birthday party there! Went with 2 girls 10 and 13 and they loved it.... More 

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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is a must see in Cincinnati. I would recommend this to anyone. It is very educational with fire prevention, and history of the fire service. It is filled various fire history exhibits such as an ahrens fox pumper, hydrants, joker drop, old steam pumper, hand pumper and other exhibits. No food or drink are allowed in the museum. Cleanliness... More 

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Escalon, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We had never been to Cincinnati, OH before & were just driving around looking at the sites. The city wasn't very warm & welcoming, but we stopped at the Fire Museum. We parked in the adjacent parking lot & asked the lady at the museum where we should park since it was labeled at a monthly rate. She told us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Learn about fire prevention and the history of fire fighters in the US. 20 minute film, old working models of stream pumpers, wagons, tour the house set up in the basement to see how to deal with home fires. Great for families even with young kids!

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Mechanicsville, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We usually try to get to a fire museum when we're on vacation so we decided to check this one out. They have some very interesting old pieces including the last Ahrens-Fox ever built, which makes sense since Ahrens-Foxes were built in Cincinnati. They also have several hose wagons, old hand pumpers, and antique aerial apparatus. They also tell the... More 

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Ottawa
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35 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Be sure to start your tour viewing the video in the basement level, as it provides an excellent history of Cincinnati's experience and influence on fire fighting locally and internationally! There is a reasonable array of past fire fighting equipment, but not current, and would have been even better with an exhibit of a regular firehall with a sliding pole.

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Hamilton, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

The fire museum is very neat. There is a fire pole for kids to slide down. A active hand pump fire wagon. Plenty of pictures and displays. Horse drawn ladders, hose wagons and water carts. Two real trucks. A 1926 Ahrens Fox. Beautiful. And a newer model that was used in a suburban Cincinnati department. Parking is crazy. Don't park... More 

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