New Bern Fireman's Museum
New Bern Fireman's Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Attraction featuring antique fire engines including those used in the 1922 fire that destroyed one-third of the city. All equipment was used in New Bern, so the tour includes info about the persons who used the equipment, as well as how it worked. A Children's area offers many hands-on opportunities
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  • HistoricGuy
    Grand Rapids, Michigan70 contributions
    Great find in New Bern and worth a visit
    As a historian I have an appreciation for a good museum, and this one is well put together. Staff was very friendly and offered a personal tour. If you don't want a personal tour they have iPads that do a nice job of explaining things (but they could use more volume).
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 5, 2023
  • duffey3700
    Richmond, Virginia2,596 contributions
    Well Kept Up Museum
    Definitely worth a visit if you are in New Bern or in the area. Reasonable admission fee and they have a group of very informative guides that do a great job. Our 7 year old granddaughter really enjoyed it. Plan on spending at least an hour if not longer.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • oumom53
    148 contributions
    Amazing museum full of original equipment used in New Bern
    This little museum was definitely worth the admission price. We found it very interesting to learn about the two fire companies that operated out of one station for many years, as well as the history of the various types of equipment over the years. Our guide was a 90-year old gentleman named Roy who was full of interesting details (even though he had never been a fireman!) The second floor includes a display showing area affected by the major fire in 1922 that wiped out quite a bit of the town. Since this was our last stop after walking around the town to see other things for 2 days, we could relate to the various locations because we had walked most of those streets.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2023
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HistoricGuy
Grand Rapids, MI70 contributions
Apr 2023
As a historian I have an appreciation for a good museum, and this one is well put together. Staff was very friendly and offered a personal tour. If you don't want a personal tour they have iPads that do a nice job of explaining things (but they could use more volume).
Written April 5, 2023
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Hannah B
Havelock, NC8 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Was really excited to come visit this museum!! However, when I walked in an HOUR before they closed, with my group of three, the man at the front desk had a NASTY scowl on his face. He was snarky with us and stated that tours take about 30-45 minutes... which we had an ample amount of time in that case. Wasn’t about to give my money to an establishment that is rude to its customers!! Will NOT be coming back!!!!
Written June 30, 2019
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thomas707
North Carolina Mountains, NC26 contributions
May 2019
The Fireman’s tour was very interesting to anyone who likes civil war history. Both the Union and Confederate firemen worked out of the same firehouse after the war. Our guide did a very good talk. Worth the visit.
Written May 11, 2019
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NCTraveler2015
Raleigh, NC5,212 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
I made it back to the New Bern Firemen's Museum. This time I got the official tour. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children.

The museum is on two floors and the upstairs is divided in half because The Atlantic and Button Fire Companies used the same fire house. The two companies had a bit of a rivalry as they competed in competitions against each other and had different equipment.

I learned about the massive 1922 fire in New Bern. One third of the town was destroyed.

The upstairs has a hands on exhibit room for children. Firehouse Fred was a horse that served 17 years and is recognized in the museum. The vintage fire trucks are interesting to see how well they were made and functional so many years ago.

Give yourself plenty of time to learn about New Bern firefighting history.
Written April 29, 2019
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sandyk832018
Pittsburgh, PA3 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
This is very educational and I would recommend anyone taking the tour. Learn about the history of New Bern and the fires.
Written September 10, 2018
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nancy v
3 contributions
Jun 2017
The guy that took us on a tour was so personable and knowledgeable. My 6 & 4 yo grandsons were in awe...so was I... The only thing lacking was a pole to slide down. ha
Written January 22, 2018
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omagin
Downey, CA69 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
There sure were. The story is so interesting, the fire engines in pristine condition, and the docents a wealth of information. We loved the pink and blue color scheme.
Written January 3, 2018
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chfd1dj
Chapel Hill, NC195 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
excellant preservation of local fire department history with at least two steam engines, several horse drawn fire apparatus, memorabilia and exhibits. Renovations underway and interactive children's section being added. Located in old fire HQ station. Well worth a couple hours of your time and a must for firefighters!
Written January 20, 2017
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Nancy H
New Bern, NC4 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
This is a rare firemen's museum in that all the equipment has been used by local firemen. Therefore, you learn not just about how the stuff works, but also about the people who used it. It's a stunning building that was a fire station. A kids corner has been added to entertain little visitors.
Written January 18, 2017
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honeydu00
West Lafayette, IN14 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We had heard from a couple of people that this would be a good attraction for kids, so we decided to check it out. The gentleman who was manning the museum was very nice. While our 8 year old liked looking around for a bit, our 3 year old just wanted to touch and climb on everything and unfortunately pretty much everything was marked "Do Not Touch" and was not necessarily out of reach and there was just one interactive exhibit. Glad to support the museum, but not really little kid-friendly.
Written August 4, 2015
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