Museum of Fire

Museum of Fire, Edinburgh: Address, Phone Number, Museum of Fire Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Fire
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums

4.5
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Tony N
2 contributions
Museum is closed
Oct 2018 • Solo
The museum has been bought by the university and now houses temporary art exhibitions, when I asked the receptionist just said the museum had been closed when the university bought the premises.
Written October 27, 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA36,430 contributions
Ok for Free
Sep 2018 • Couples
You have to be a firefighter or into Firefighting, I supposed to really appreciate this museum. Otherwise, you will just find it ok. It is hard to complain since its free.
Written October 8, 2018
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ge0teach84
Florida123 contributions
Closed right now
Jul 2017 • Friends
The fire museum is closed now as they are moving to a new location. It was right across the street from our hotel so we peeked in side and saw it was no longer there
Written July 11, 2017
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pixalix
Edinburgh, UK37 contributions
Great collection for young and old to appreciate
Sep 2016 • Family
This is a great attraction for all ages, with dedicated volunteers who will show you around and it's all free. There is a good video for older visitors to enjoy the history of the fire service. The old fire engines are great to see, also all the surrounding memorabilia is worth a look. The building has sadly been sold to developers so the new location of the artefacts are yet to be decided. It might be allowed to stay but might need to move within smaller premises. It's just unknown at the moment ( September 2016).
Written September 25, 2016
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steve_lyth
14 contributions
Brilliant museum
Sep 2016 • Couples
Went today this is a fascinating place so much history and the staff and volunteers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable this museum need your support.
Written September 24, 2016
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Allan j
Gullane, UK29 contributions
A Little Gem
Sep 2016 • Family
The Museum of Fire is a (free) small museum run by volunteers and dedicated to the history of the Scottish Fire Service. The museum is accessed from Lady Lawson Street although this is not obvious at first. Pushchair and wheelchair access is a wee bit tricky.
The staff are great; friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The exhibits are well maintained and there is enough to see and do to fill an hour of anyones time. Our little boy was particularly taken with the child size fire engine and clothing.
The future of this museum is uncertain so if you are local to Edinburgh or just visiting give it a try.
Written September 18, 2016
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thirdsunrise
Texas188 contributions
A quirky slice of recent Edinburgh history
Sep 2016 • Friends
This is a very interesting and unusual find, staffed by volunteers retired from the fire service. Definitely choose their guidance over a self-guided visit, as these people have so much knowledge and passion to share. It's fascinating to hear about how the fire service started and evolved and to examine the antique fire appliances (apparatus to FFs in the US) up close. Check out the stable -- you can still see horseshoe marks on the doors!

Sorry to see that this gem will be gone soon! :-( We can only hope that whoever takes over the space will PRESERVE the absolutely gorgeous interior and respect the history of the place. To cover or destroy those beautifully tiled walls, brick flooring and paneled ceiling would be a crying shame.
Written September 14, 2016
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Great25
Essex England19 contributions
A great find
Sep 2016 • Couples
My wife and i visited this museum today and what a great place to visit anybody interested in the fire service should visit this place and make it soon as i believe the council are looking to close it down they should be ashamed
The staff are all volunteers and are full of knowledge not only about the displays but also about the building and surrounding area
The gentleman that showed us around was so informative that even my wife got totally interested many thanks to him
My final comment is wake up councillors and preserve what makes people visit Edinburgh
Written September 12, 2016
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Larry194710
Glasgow, UK131 contributions
You must go while you still can!
Sep 2016
Housed in the original 1902/3 fire station building, this is a national treasure. The entrance is not clear - you also have to ring/knock, as the museum is staffed by volunteers. Once inside it is a magnificent testament to Edinburgh's history of fire-fighting and the city's contribution to fire safety.

Our guide (Kevin) was superb. Informative and patient, he gave a series of marvelous insights into the exhibits and their place in history.

The other star is the building itself. A state of the art building, it is in magnificent condition. Unfortunately it is being sold as we speak so visit now, while you can!
Written September 9, 2016
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Sue H
Canterbury, UK84 contributions
A must for everybody going to Edinburgh
Aug 2016 • Couples
My husband & I always go to the Museumwhen we are in Edinburgh ,We always see something different everytime we go . The Museun is free to enter but if you go please put some money in the hat to help keep the Museum open .The displays are out of this world ,the passion the staff have is wonderfull .Go and see for yourself what a wonderfull place this is, you wont be to young or to old to enjoy this. This has been a fire ststion for over 100 years now and the fire service want to sell the building so please go and show your support to a building that has many memories for so many people ,our family being one of them , Last year my grandson traveled 500 miles to visit .
Written August 12, 2016
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