Pennsylvania National Fire Museum

Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, Harrisburg: Hours, Address, Pennsylvania National Fire Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Pennsylvania National Fire Museum

Pennsylvania National Fire Museum
4.5
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
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Enter the 1899 Victorian Firehouse, Home of the Reily Hose Co. No. 10 and experience the sights and sounds of Firefighting History. The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum features fire apparatus from Handtubs and Steam Pumpers, hand drawn to horse drawn, to motorized Engines and a 1935 MACK tillered Ladder Truck. An outstanding and varied collection of artifacts are on display
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MJB425
Albuquerque, NM21 contributions
A great museum.
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a great museum! Historical fire engines from hand pumps, steam pumpers, and ladder trucks. A working Gamewell alarm system fills a room and sure to intrigue anyone with mechanical or electrical background. There is even a display of movies about firefighters. This just became one of my favorite small museums and is now on my list to take visiting relatives.
Written September 29, 2021
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Raymond T
Rockledge, PA11 contributions
Good fire museum in Harrisburg.
Sep 2020 • Solo
Great fire museum in Harrisburg. Equipment display on ground floor, has hand drawn, steamer and motorized equipment. Be sure to see the communications room. You'll see how fire calls were received and dispatched before cell phones. Artifacts and memorabilia located on upper floor. Friendly staff and nice gift shop.
Written September 29, 2020
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Lisa R
Bethlehem, PA4 contributions
Lots to learn!!!
Feb 2020
Enjoyed learning about how they handled fires years ago and the different things that were used. Very informative and so much to learn! I just started on a learning journey and am enjoying every moment!!!!
Written February 13, 2020
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Lorraine H
Allison Park, PA85 contributions
Maybe the best museum ever!!!
Oct 2019
We have no particular affiliation with fire fighting & have been to MANY museums throughout the US & Europe; hence, we had no particular reason to love this place and a tendency to be pretty critical of most museums. However, we loved everything about this one. A huge collection of all things related to firefighting, thoughtfully arranged, beautifully displayed, with excellent descriptions. Kids from 2 to 102 will love this place. We planned to spend an hour, stayed for 3 hours, & could have stayed longer. The volunteer staff members are so enthusiastic. Be sure to get a demo of the call system upstairs (sounds boring, but is unique). The museum is almost totally supported by visitors, so be as generous as you comfortably can.
Written October 19, 2019
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Florida_Bill813
Savannah, GA210 contributions
Great place
Oct 2019 • Friends
It was a rainy day and I was looking for something to do and I came across this wonderful old building. The volunteers staffing it did a terrific job welcoming me and explaining their exhibits.
Written October 16, 2019
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Molly K
6 contributions
Hidden gem!
Jul 2019
The PA National Fire Museum is one of our favorite Harrisburg places. Beginning with an exciting life-size reenactment of a real fire call with the sounds of men yelling, bells, horses and running, it's truly fun. Loads of artifacts and information, and hand-on opportunities to try out and watch how calls were routed from neighborhood fire boxes through the phone system to the correct station; interesting videos, fire trucks for kids to play with; oh, and you get a personal guide, and it's never ever crowded. Great to do with kids!
Written August 7, 2019
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288georgeb
Honey Brook, PA428 contributions
Very informative
Apr 2019 • Couples
If your in Harrisburg take a couple hours stop at the Broad St Market and just down the road is this hidden gem
Very informative with lots to see and interact with. You won't be disappointed and you might even get a free poster.
Written April 20, 2019
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MARILU_HO
Elizabethtown, PA158 contributions
Return Visit after 10 years
Mar 2019 • Friends
We visited here with an organization that we belong to. The staff talked to us about the museum and its history and the history of the Harrisburg Fire Dept. If you went by yourself it is a self guided tour with plenty of signage and videos. They have staff on duty who will answer any questions. Some of the old motor trucks they will use in local parades. They also have horse drawn trucks. Very interesting even if you have no background in firefighting. the length of the tour depends on how long you want to spend.There are 2 floors with a nice elevator to take you up/down. They also have a flight of stairs
Written March 9, 2019
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Larry R
Lancaster County, PA65 contributions
You don’t have to be a firefighter to enjoy this.
Jan 2019 • Couples
Fabulously restored fire house #10. Second oldest in Harrisburg. History told by real retired firefighters and great displays. A great collection of equipment and some videos .
Written January 26, 2019
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cheryl h
Durham, NC56,718 contributions
great museum
Mar 2018 • Couples
This 1899 restored victorian firehouse is very well done. It's larger than it looks from the outside and I think adults and children will enjoy this museum (even if firefighting isn't a great interest to you). The only problem was how one man jumped on us as soon as we walked through the door. I'm sure he thought he was being helpful but we were on a schedule and he slowed us down a lot by telling us about all the exhibits in the front room when we could read the information in front of them much faster. If we did have any questions we could have gone to the desk and asked them.

They had some awesome visual displays (I loved the horses), artifacts, fire engines, etc. The 2nd floor had a really interesting display of a working firehouse system showing what happens from when a phone call comes in to when the trucks leave the firehouse. One of the men working there walked us through it complete with lights and sounds. I would recommend the place.
Written December 10, 2018
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Pennsylvania National Fire Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM