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Small museum, but worth the visit. Make it part of an excursion!

The Plaza Firehouse museum is a small, yet free museum. I'd probably rate it a 3 due to how small... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2018
Michael T
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Los Angeles, California
A Little Firehouse History

This is the first firehouse built by the City of Los Angeles. The road to establishing a city fire... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2016
Kenneth L
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

Just a short walk from Union Station the Plaza Firehouse Museum is well worth a visit. the guy there the day we went was full of great info and really helpful. The displays are fantastic and the old pole the firemen came down is still...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

The Plaza Firehouse museum is a small, yet free museum. I'd probably rate it a 3 due to how small it is, but I've recently committed to not give any free museum less than a 4 (unless there was something wrong). The man who worked...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed August 24, 2017

This Historic Landmark is situated in the center of the Old Plaza area of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Located across from Union Station and just a few steps from Olvera Street, this well-restored Firehouse Museum is a worthwhile place to visit. An original horse-drawn...More

Thank Joan H
Reviewed August 12, 2017

Great little museum located in the Plaza Firehouse which was the first building in the city designed to house fire fighting crews and their equipment. Museum guide Josh is very knowledgeable about the history of the city - well worth visiting.

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Reviewed September 4, 2016

This is the first firehouse built by the City of Los Angeles. The road to establishing a city fire department and firehouse took several decades until the first city-built firehouse in 1884. The building had a complex history until it ceased to be a fire...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed July 29, 2016

While I went to Olvera for its Mexican heritage, I never expect to learn about historic fire fighting but that is exactly what this free museum is. It is complete with an old fire pole and a horse drawn fire engine. It chronicles the early...More

Thank Grover R
Reviewed April 8, 2016

This is the oldest fire station in Los Angeles, and is now a small FREE museum (donations welcome). They have a couple of old (horse drawn and hand) fire "engines" and all the wall space is covered with displays, fire helmets and pictures. A great...More

Thank Merrowmum
Reviewed February 18, 2016

The 1884 Plaza Firehouse,the oldest firehouse in Los Angeles, is wonderful fun for anyone who appreciates 19th Century tools and equipment for firefighting. Opened as a museum in 1960, it is a California Historic Landmark. Children will be intrigued by learning that early fire engines...More

Thank chestnuthouse
Reviewed October 27, 2015

The Admission: FREE!! But they do take donations. The Museum: It is a very small museum but informative. One of the museums near Olvera Street. There is always on staff on duty in case you have any questions regarding the museum. If you are shopping...More

Thank ILoveFoodComa
Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a very neat little place to visit. They have the old fire engines and all sorts of things to check out on the walls. My mom is a current fire department employee so it was really cool for us to check out all...More

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