Pennsylvania National Fire Museum

Pennsylvania National Fire Museum

Pennsylvania National Fire Museum
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1:00 PM - 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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  • john n
    Germany10 contributions
    IMPORTANT TASTEMENT
    The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum is a very important testament to time and of history of not only the local Harrisburg PA fire department but the fire department in general as a whole from its humble beginnings and where it started to what it has become over the years all the way up to today. I recently visited with my wife and kids, and we had a great time exploring all there is to look at. Whether you want to explore for yourself or have someone show you around they will accommodate you. When we went it was on a Saturday, so I figured there would be more people there but there was not. The museum does apparently run at least partly on the admission fees and or donations from the public so your visit would not only be interesting and fun for you for whoever you go with but go toward a good cause as well. The museum is also very well laid out, the pictures speak for themselves. It is also filled with many fire-department artifacts, and they even let the kids and I ring the bell in the bell tower before we left.
    Visited March 2022
    Written August 22, 2022
  • wvmom13
    Moorefield, West Virginia21 contributions
    Fantastic museum and staff!
    Wow! This museum was such a pleasant surprise! It is so well done and the staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We stopped in while passing through on a trip to Lancaster and we were not disappointed. We spent longer there than anticipated because time flew as we explored the exhibits and heard stories of how things works from the staff. Their working Gamewell System was amazing. Highly recommend if you have a couple hours and will be in the area!
    Visited November 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2021
  • MJB425
    Albuquerque, New Mexico21 contributions
    A great museum.
    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.
    Visited September 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2021
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mike1046
78 contributions
Feb 2023
Wonderful stop so much history. Staff was very knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful tour. There is so much history in the restored Reily Hose Fire Co. No. 10 of Harrisburg. There is a $10 entry fee, they also have a gift shop. Make sure you go upstairs and see The Gamewell system and pull the box.
Written February 22, 2023
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Prussik
Tucson, AZ355 contributions
Feb 2022
A great place to spend a couple of hours. Staff is very helpful and exhibits are educational and outstanding. The historically significant building is in a great state of preservation. Now if they only had real horses to demonstrate with.
Written February 11, 2022
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jrme2016
Pottstown, PA23 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This place is amazing! Jim gave us the history and a lot of details and stories - he was great! The museum is very large and has a lot of interesting pieces, facts and history. We spent a few hours here and still probably didn't see everything. Highly recommend to everyone!
Written April 26, 2023
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598kathyb
Pittsburgh, PA14 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Friends told us about this place, and we decided to stop on the way home from our vacation. What a wonderful museum! You will learn about the history of firefighting, including equipment, personnel, alarm systems, etc. We spent about 2 hours viewing the exhibits and sharing experiences with the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. Free parking adjacent to the building. Don't miss this one!
Written August 14, 2022
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Raymond T
Rockledge, PA11 contributions
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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Robert R
Woodbridge, VA524 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
A wonderful collection of historic fire fighting equipment, communications and restored rooms, assembled in an old fire station in Harrisburg. Very knowledgeable volunteers (retired fire fighters) full of historic perspectives. Free parking lot adjacent to the museum.
Written August 19, 2023
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Ricmar60
Lansdale, PA1,081 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This museum is not downtown, but in a residential neighborhood. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside, it is full of interesting exhibits and displays. The volunteers who staff the museum are very friendly and informative. The whole family would like this museum. There is something for everyone. Admission is only $5. Plenty of free parking.
Written May 26, 2018
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Gail Y
Downingtown123 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Spent wonderful two hours there and was fantastic experience. Tour book suggested thirty minutes but no way unless you just ran through. Especially liked the fifteen minute talk upstairs about the evolution of fire reporting. Building was beautifully restored, easy to find and great free parking.
Written February 14, 2017
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Burt and Charlie loved to have you visit Richard 1st VP
Written February 24, 2017
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Jeff D
Hummelstown, PA124 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
Spent a wonderful afternoon with my wife and our grandson. Staff is wonderful and the displays are beautiful. Take the time to stop by you will not be disappointed.
Written March 24, 2016
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Susan B
Springfield, NJ69 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
This place is a labor of love. Run by volunteers who are retired firefighters, it is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian era firehouse and gives a good history of fire fighting in Pennsylvania.
Written December 31, 2015
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