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“A GEM of history for all ages & genders.”

FASNY Museum of Firefighting
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Hudson
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Owner description: The premiere collection of firefighting objects in the world, featuring over 90 pieces of apparatus on display. Children’s activities include creative play on fire engines, interactive activities and the McCadam Cheese Fire Safety Discovery Room.
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This museum is two levels, stairs only, with the lower level having a 1916 American LaFrance to a 1978 Boyer International. Before the LaFrance, is a long 1902 horse drawn Hayes Aerial Ladder. My photos show a total of 19 vehicle on this level. Many vehicles could be driven off the floor to a fire. This floor is called the Great Gallery.

The upper floor is three separate rooms starting with the Volunteer Gallery. One of the first exhibits is a 1731 imported hand pump for the New York City. working up to a 1935 Buffalo Fire Appliance Co. truck. In between is equipment possibly not known else where. Along two connecting walls are twelve long glass cases containing clothing, equipment & photos. A partial run down is as follows:
1.) Roman Emperor Augustus.
2.) Bucket Brigade.
3.) Notable Americans who served as volunteer firefighters.
4.) Fire marks.
5.) Different styles of early engines.
6.) The First Horse Service.
7.) Dalmatian & the Fire Service.
This room is what I call the 'Jewel Room' because of early equipment, designs & color.

The following room s the Steam Gallery. A large number of exhibits are very colorful & highly polished horse drawn steam engines.. Vehicles are from an 1871 Lysander Button & Son up to a 1925 Sanford Pumper. Also are horse drawn wagon, early type of hook & ladder & a 1904 Hand drawn service sleigh. Two separate exhibits that stand out are later 1800's Fire House- office & equipment and Dot & Dash system. This is the process of using Morse Code to report a fire before a call box was available.

The third room is 'To Aid And Assist'. Here are two of the museum's prettiest exhibits of mid 1860's & 1870's equipment, which appear gold plated. Other exhibits are 1952 Dodge Brush truck, 1860 Button Crane Neck Engine & a 1855 Horse drawn Sun Steam engine. There are a number of firefighting related paintings.

Each exhibit has an information stand and at least four DO NOT TOUCH cards.

Before visitors are allowed on the lower floor, they must view a mandatory sever-eight minute video on how they conduct their selves, keep the sound down, keeping their children in check, NO food or drink on the floors, NO Touching any exhibit & NO FLASH photography of any painting, as the flash can damage the paint. There is one restroom on the lower floor, can't say if any restroom on the upper floor. A gift shop is available, where admissions is located.

Any visitor interested in firefighting, vehicles/exhibits of the museum's time periods or a different type of history will enjoy a visit. My visit was from 10:00 to 1:15. If a visitor has photography in mind plenty of lighting & space between exhibits. Large parking lot. I had the museum mostly to my self till about 11:00. I talk to at least five staff members, answering all my questions.

I highly recommend a lengthy visit.

Thank Jack L
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"hands on activities"
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"large collection"
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"in great shape"
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"history buff"
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"great history"
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Family with a three year old boy visiting Hudson. OMG is this place amazing. It's sprawling, the engines are shiny, and they have really cool stuff for kids.

Our little one got behind the wheel of a truck and drove it to a fire raging on a video screen just in front of him.

Connected to an old fireman's home I think.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

It took the visit of a 2-year old to get us to FASNY--what a wonderful discovery! This 50,000 square foot gem holds a vast collection of fire fighting equipment arranged historically/chronologically with excellent explanatory text panels. Good interactives. The highlight for our young visitor were the fire engines he could climb into and the fire hat he was given. Fun gift shop too.

1  Thank SBallCT
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Lots of great history about Fire Fighting and many interactive exhibits. The ladies in the gift shop were sweet and very helpful.

1  Thank Jeffrey T
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Went with my 3 year old grandson and his mother and grandmother and aunt. No matter your age it is a great place to visit; especially if you like fire trucks and history. Children activities and stuff for old folks makes this a great place for the whole family!

1  Thank B0bGG
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