New York City Fire Museum
New York City Fire Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The New York City Fire Museum is the official museum of the FDNY.Occupying a renovated 1904 Beaux‐Arts firehouse at 278 Spring Street in Hudson Square, west of SoHo, the museum is home to a renowned collection of fire‐related art and artifacts from the 18th century to the present; including hand‐pumped fire engines, horse‐drawn vehicles, early motorized apparatus and firefighting tools and equipment.
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Neighbourhood: Hudson Square
How to get there
  • Spring St • 4 min walk
  • Canal St • 4 min walk
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  • R5004QWrobertb
    Brooklyn, New York27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A walk through NYC history
    If you are interested in the history of New York or are a fire fighting buff this museum is a must see. With two stories full of memorabilia, artifacts, vintage equipment and information this museum takes the visitor through centuries of firefighting history and tradition. Most exhibits are self-explanatory but an audio tour is available. On-site staff were helpful, knowledgeable and eager to answer questions. A gift shop is available with books, souvenirs and items suitable for kids. Located in a great neighborhood and only a block and a half away from a Subway station the museum is also just two stops away from the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center. Check their website for a schedule of special events and temporary exhibits.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Farwriter
    London, United Kingdom134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    Lovely little museum housed in an atmospheric former fire station. The displays cover two floors but there is so much to see. Lots of old fire engines, both horse drawn and early motorised ones, as well as hosepipes, helmets, badges, paintings, toys etc, and lots of information about the 19th century volunteer fire brigade as well as more recent times, including a tribute to 9/11. $15 to enter and well worth it - I spent about two and a half hours here. Warning: it might be full of schoolkids so bring earplugs!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Bioteacher67
    Oakville, Canada436 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of memorabilia and old fire equipment.
    A nice little museum. It has lots of old fire trucks and equipment. Stories of firefighters and a special 9/11 display. I think it could be more interactive. There was a person giving a couple a tour and I think they probably had a better experience than I did. I found it a bit flat. It takes about 40 min to go through.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2024
  • Gill Wu
    New York City, New York3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a grandmother and grandchild!
    I went with my 7 yr old granddaughter who chose to go (over art museums) as she "liked firemen". We two had a wonderful time. She loved all the displays and we watched every video. She thought all the badges from many many Fire Departments was so "cool". The staff were friendly and explained how the antigue fire trucks worked and it fascinated her. the sections on dogs and horses in Fire Hall was especially moving to her (little girls like dogs and horses). The museum was not crowded, it is not high intensity, it is not very "interactive" but it suited my granddaughter's curiousness and "don't rush me" attitude. I also liked reading about the fires during the American Resolution and the memorial section. There are places to sit if you need a rest. I would say it is for those interested in (or passionat about) Fire Department but perhaps not for teenagers who are not interested. Lots of collectables and photographs but not much to "touch" - I really enjoyed it all. We were there over two hours but that was because we looked and read nearly everything. An hour would about let you see all. And it is close to Spring St subway station.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 March 2024
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AnnalunaNYC
New York City, NY841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We're there this past Monday the 10th Feb 2019.
They have incredible stuff from 1800 .. The fire trucks.. memorable history.. Imagine this without wheels but horse.. and hose carried by human.. and there always beloved dog who worked so hard to find people under the debris.
It's fascinating to learn things in the past and how we become along with new technologies. There was 9-11 site .. I was touched when I saw a box of tissues ..
You will be at least need an hour and half -2 hours.. an amazing museum ..
Written 12 February 2020
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Gill Wu
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I went with my 7 yr old granddaughter who chose to go (over art museums) as she "liked firemen". We two had a wonderful time. She loved all the displays and we watched every video. She thought all the badges from many many Fire Departments was so "cool". The staff were friendly and explained how the antigue fire trucks worked and it fascinated her. the sections on dogs and horses in Fire Hall was especially moving to her (little girls like dogs and horses). The museum was not crowded, it is not high intensity, it is not very "interactive" but it suited my granddaughter's curiousness and "don't rush me" attitude. I also liked reading about the fires during the American Resolution and the memorial section. There are places to sit if you need a rest. I would say it is for those interested in (or passionat about) Fire Department but perhaps not for teenagers who are not interested. Lots of collectables and photographs but not much to "touch" - I really enjoyed it all. We were there over two hours but that was because we looked and read nearly everything. An hour would about let you see all. And it is close to Spring St subway station.
Written 24 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Farwriter
London, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Lovely little museum housed in an atmospheric former fire station. The displays cover two floors but there is so much to see. Lots of old fire engines, both horse drawn and early motorised ones, as well as hosepipes, helmets, badges, paintings, toys etc, and lots of information about the 19th century volunteer fire brigade as well as more recent times, including a tribute to 9/11. $15 to enter and well worth it - I spent about two and a half hours here. Warning: it might be full of schoolkids so bring earplugs!
Written 17 March 2024
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R5004QWrobertb
Brooklyn, NY27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
If you are interested in the history of New York or are a fire fighting buff this museum is a must see. With two stories full of memorabilia, artifacts, vintage equipment and information this museum takes the visitor through centuries of firefighting history and tradition. Most exhibits are self-explanatory but an audio tour is available. On-site staff were helpful, knowledgeable and eager to answer questions. A gift shop is available with books, souvenirs and items suitable for kids. Located in a great neighborhood and only a block and a half away from a Subway station the museum is also just two stops away from the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center. Check their website for a schedule of special events and temporary exhibits.
Written 19 August 2023
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Katy R
Bradford, UK62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stayed in a hotel round the corner so the museum was perfect for a morning filler before setting off for the airport. Some interesting exhibits, vintage fire engines, uniforms, photos and paintings. The 9/11 memorial room is very poignant. Main reason we came was the shop, as my husband wanted an 'authentic' FDNY T shirt bringing back. Shop had some great stuff. Maybe expected it to be bigger, but its a nice museum and something a bit different.
Written 27 February 2020
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Brucethealien
62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We only visited the shop to buy a dress up fire chief uniform foe our son. I stuck my head in the museum and it looked small but interesting however we had overrun earlier sightseeing and were pressed for time. Something I would like to do on another visit
Written 3 November 2022
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Emma C
Denholm, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Great Museum, very welcoming.
Self guided, so free to be as quick or slow as you wish.
9/11 tribute was very emotional
Lots of interesting artefacts through time of the history of the FDNY
Not too busy when we went.
Written 28 September 2022
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Naomi Ferreira
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Everything about this museum is amazing. Just one block from the Spring Street stop on the E train. It has two floors of amazing historical artifacts from other US States. Pretty cool idea to offer the third floor as space for birthday parties The fire safety learning center for kids is so much fun. Can’t help being emotional in the 9/11 tribute room. Great gift shop, friendly, courteous staff and the vintage elevator adds charm to the experience. I highly recommend this museum.
Written 11 November 2022
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Bioteacher67
Oakville, Canada436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A nice little museum. It has lots of old fire trucks and equipment. Stories of firefighters and a special 9/11 display. I think it could be more interactive. There was a person giving a couple a tour and I think they probably had a better experience than I did. I found it a bit flat. It takes about 40 min to go through.
Written 19 March 2024
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Danny
Atlanta, GA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Such amazing artifacts and history.
The 9/11 room where there is honor for the 343… well done and still is unimaginable.
A must along with 9/11 museums
These two organizations should be one…
You can’t define either place without the attack on those 343
Written 23 June 2021
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