Boston Fire Museum

Boston Fire Museum The goal of the Museum is to preserve and display fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area and educate the public on fire safety.
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Saturday, February 15, will be a sunny but cold day.  Dress warmly as you visit Boston.  Come to the fire museum where i...
02/15/2020

Saturday, February 15, will be a sunny but cold day. Dress warmly as you visit Boston. Come to the fire museum where it will be warm and friendly.

The museum will open at 9:30 AM and close at 4 PM.

The museum is free admission, donations are always appreciated. We look forward to your visit.

The wait is over! St. Patrick’s Day Tee Shirts and Hooded Sweat Shirts are now available in the museum store. Colors are...
02/08/2020

The wait is over! St. Patrick’s Day Tee Shirts and Hooded Sweat Shirts are now available in the museum store. Colors are gray, navy or black.

The popular hooded sweat shirts is a special order so don’t wait, come to the museum and place your order.

The museum will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

What happened to January?  It seems that we just took down the holiday decorations a couple of days ago.  And now it is ...
02/01/2020

What happened to January? It seems that we just took down the holiday decorations a couple of days ago. And now it is Saturday, February 1st.

The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Visit and help us celebrate the arrival of February.

The picture shows the Bowdoin Square fire house that opened in 1930 and closed in 1963. Today, the location is at the corner of Bowdoin and Cambridge Streets in the Government Center area. Looking down Cambridge St. you can see Cambridge in the distance.

Visit the museum and tells us your memories of "The Big House."

Every item on display in the museum tells a story of how the members of the Boston Fire Department did their job.  And s...
01/25/2020

Every item on display in the museum tells a story of how the members of the Boston Fire Department did their job. And so it is with the Riot Shield assigned to Boston Firefighter Joseph Hoar.

In the late 60’s into the mid 70’s, firefighters, riding on the “back step” of fire engines, or on the sides of a ladder truck were exposed to rocks, bricks, lumber, bullets and other dangerous items thrown at them as they responded to or operated at fires and emergencies. Especially vulnerable was the firefighter who was tillering an aerial ladder truck. Periods of “civil unrest” existed in Boston and the BFD firefighters became a target as they were working to help the residents of the city. One BFD Fire Lieutenant was shot in his hand.

The Riot Shields were designed to provide basic protection to the firefighters.

Many thanks to Boston Fire Department District Chief James Hoar for donating the Riot Shield that was used by his father, Joseph Hoar. Firefighter Joe Hoar served the citizens of Boston from July, 1948 to January, 1982.

The museum will be open on Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. We look forward to your visit. There is no fee required to visit the museum.

01/18/2020

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
SNOW STORM COMING
SPECIAL HOURS
9:30 AM to 3 PM

The locally, world famous, Boston Fire Museum, will be open on Saturday, January 11, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.The weather bu...
01/11/2020

The locally, world famous, Boston Fire Museum, will be open on Saturday, January 11, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

The weather bureau has promised a warm day to enjoy Boston. We know you will have a great experience when you visit the museum.

We look forward to your visit. And remember, there is never an admission fee although donations are appreciated.

WELCOME 2020 - WELCOME ONE & ALLThe museum will be open Saturday, January 4th from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.We look forward to yo...
01/03/2020

WELCOME 2020 - WELCOME ONE & ALL

The museum will be open Saturday, January 4th from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

We look forward to your visit.

Our Question & Answer board has been updated.IN 2019 WHICH FIRE COMPANIES WERE THE BUSIEST IN BOSTON?LADDER 4 RESPONDED ...
01/03/2020

Our Question & Answer board has been updated.

IN 2019 WHICH FIRE COMPANIES WERE THE BUSIEST IN BOSTON?

LADDER 4 RESPONDED 4,387 TIMES FROM THEIR FIREHOUSE ON DUDLEY ST., ROXBURY

ENGINE 21 RESPONDED 4,221 TIMES FROM THEIR FIREHOUSE ON COLUMBIA RD., DORCHESTER

12/31/2019
Museum staff members Will Warnock, Cathy Warnock, Chris Kelley and Sparky are participating in the “TOUCH A BOAT - TOUCH...
12/31/2019

Museum staff members Will Warnock, Cathy Warnock, Chris Kelley and Sparky are participating in the “TOUCH A BOAT - TOUCH A TRUCK” organized by Boston Harbor Now in the area of the Envoy Hotel and the Moakley Federal Courthouse in the Seaport.

The family event is attracting a large attendance of families out celebrating on New Years Eve. If you are in the area, join in the fun.

Chris is the owner of the “retired” fire engine which served in Maryland for many years.

The final museum day of 2019 was another day with hundreds of visitors, a wonderful birthday party and happy but exhaust...
12/29/2019

The final museum day of 2019 was another day with hundreds of visitors, a wonderful birthday party and happy but exhausted museum staff.

Happy New Year to everyone. We look forward to 2020 and many great days in the best museum in Boston.

Join us on Saturday, December 28, as we end another successful year in the museum.  Open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.  Free adm...
12/28/2019

Join us on Saturday, December 28, as we end another successful year in the museum. Open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Free admissions and all are invited.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASTwas the night before Christmas and all through the townThe fire siren echoed, blaring it...
12/24/2019

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
The fire siren echoed, blaring it's sound

The firefighters came running from far and from near
And raced to the trucks quickly, donning their gear.

And I in my bunkers, my boots, and my hat
Jumped into the engine to see where the fire's at

Down at the corner of Fifth and of Oak
The dispatcher informed us " a house filled with smoke"

Smoke poured from all sides, from up, and from down
Yet up there on the roof there was none to be found

So up on the roof we raised us a ladder
And climbed to the top to see what was the matter

I came to the chimney and what did I see
But a fellow in red stuck up past his knees

Well we tugged and we pulled until he came out
Then he winked with his eye and said with a shout

These new fangled chimneys, they make then too small
For a fellow like me, not skinny at all

With a twitch of his nose he dashed to his sleigh
And called to his reindeer, UP, UP, and AWAY

As we rolled up our hoses he flew out of sight
God Bless our Firefighters and to all a Good Night

We had many adult visitors in the museum today but the children "stole the show” …….. again.
12/22/2019

We had many adult visitors in the museum today but the children "stole the show” …….. again.

Photos from Boston Fire Museum's post
12/21/2019

Photos from Boston Fire Museum's post

On a Saturday of rain and wind, these children and adults had a great party in the fire museum.
12/15/2019

On a Saturday of rain and wind, these children and adults had a great party in the fire museum.

Visit the museum and you can meet our 1926, Engine 38, which is similar to the apparatus on parade in this Leslie Jones ...
12/14/2019

Visit the museum and you can meet our 1926, Engine 38, which is similar to the apparatus on parade in this Leslie Jones photo.

The museum will be open on a rainy Saturday from 9:30 to 4. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

This evening, December 11th, members of the A-10 Rehab Team and the Fire Museum, welcomed visitors who were participatin...
12/12/2019

This evening, December 11th, members of the A-10 Rehab Team and the Fire Museum, welcomed visitors who were participating the Fort Point Neighborhood Holiday Stroll. Our coffee and hot chocolate were appreciated by everyone on this chilly evening.

Participating in the stroll was DON WALKER. We remember Don from the days when he was a member of the Boston Ambulance Squad (A-18 and A-19), and the Red Cross.

We had a great time reminiscing with Don about the great service the members of the Boston Ambulance Squad provided to the firefighters of Boston.

Welcoming Don were A-10 member Neil Miller and Fire Museum guide Mike Gerry.

A couple of pictures from another busy Saturday in the museum.
12/08/2019

A couple of pictures from another busy Saturday in the museum.

Saturday, December 7, will be a busy day for the museum staff.  We are expecting many visitors in addition to two exciti...
12/07/2019

Saturday, December 7, will be a busy day for the museum staff. We are expecting many visitors in addition to two exciting birthday parties.

Visit the museum and hear the tragic story of the firemen of Engine 39. This picture was taken in front of the museum. A couple of weeks later, five members of E 39 and a District Chief were killed at a fire on February 5, 1898.

The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Please visit, we know you will have a great time.

20th Anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage FireDecember 3rd, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Worcester Cold S...
12/03/2019

20th Anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire

December 3rd, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire when 6 Worcester Firefighters were killed in the line of duty.

To preserve the memory of Lt. Thomas Spencer, Lt. Timothy Jackson Sr., Lt. James Lyons III, and firefighters Jeremiah Lucey, Paul Brotherton and Joseph McGuirk, the Worcester Fire Department will be holding a 20th anniversary memorial ceremony at the Franklin Street Fire Station, 266 Franklin St, on December 3rd, 2019 at 1800hrs.

In addition, there will be a “Pop-Up” “Worcester 6 Tribute Exhibit” inside the main hall of Union Station. The exhibit tells the timeline and story of that tragic day and the weeks to follow. It’s a great way to reflect or learn more about the Cold Storage Fire.

May the Worcester 6 Rest In Peace!

Last Saturday, museum guide Ed Williamson, welcomed Peter Pitocco, Chief of Special Operations, Haz Mat and Technical Re...
12/02/2019

Last Saturday, museum guide Ed Williamson, welcomed Peter Pitocco, Chief of Special Operations, Haz Mat and Technical Rescue, Department of Emergency Services for Westchester County, New York.

Peter is based in Valhalla, NY. We hope you enjoyed your visit Peter. Stay Safe!

Another busy day in the museum.  Thankfully we had a full staff of 10 guides and Sparky our popular fire house dog on du...
12/01/2019

Another busy day in the museum. Thankfully we had a full staff of 10 guides and Sparky our popular fire house dog on duty.

11/29/2019

THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY, NOV. 30
9:30 AM TO 4 PM

78 years ago this evening, November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston was the scene of the deadliest nigh...
11/29/2019

78 years ago this evening, November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in the history of the United States. 492 were killed in a fire that shocked the nation.

The following is information on the tragedy prepared by Boston Fire Department District Chief John Vahey. The report was prepared in 1982. Chief Vahey prepared the report for a talk he was giving on the tragedy.

11/28/2019
We remember our fellow member Frank Baker, a Boston Fireman, husband, father and grandfather.  Frank helped to establish...
11/26/2019

We remember our fellow member Frank Baker, a Boston Fireman, husband, father and grandfather. Frank helped to establish the Boston Fire Museum. Rest In Peace Frank!

Many thanks to our fellow member Bill Noonan for posting this information.

Nov 26, 1993 Firefighter Francis J. Baker, 62 Engine 16 He died of injuries he received on Oct 12, 1993, while operating at Still/Box 3429. He had 36 years of service, RIP old friend.

November 23rd was another busy day in the museum.  Two excellent birthday parties and many visitors.
11/24/2019

November 23rd was another busy day in the museum. Two excellent birthday parties and many visitors.

In less than a week, the thoughts of many Bostonians will be of the Cocoanut Grove Fire.  The 2nd worst fire tragedy in ...
11/23/2019

In less than a week, the thoughts of many Bostonians will be of the Cocoanut Grove Fire. The 2nd worst fire tragedy in the history of our country happened on November 28, 1942. 492 men and women were killed at the Cocoanut Grove, a respectable nightclub in Boston.

The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 23rd. When you visit we will review the history of what happened on that Saturday night, 78 years ago.

We look forward to your visit and remember there is no admission fee but donations are welcome.

The fire museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 16.We ask everyone to remember Lieutenant Jason ...
11/15/2019

The fire museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 16.

We ask everyone to remember Lieutenant Jason Menard of the Worcester Fire Department. Lieutenant Menard, married and the father of three children, was killed at a 4 alarm fire early Wednesday morning.

Rest In Peace Lieutenant!

Please offer your Prayers & Support for the Worcester Firefighters and their families.  Another fire tragedy in the WFD....
11/13/2019

Please offer your Prayers & Support for the Worcester Firefighters and their families. Another fire tragedy in the WFD. And yet, they continue to serve the citizens of Worcester. Bless Lt. Jason Menard! Bless them all!

11/11/2019
Today was another wonderful day in the museum.  From 9 AM to 4 PM we were busy with hundreds of visitors and two fantast...
11/10/2019

Today was another wonderful day in the museum. From 9 AM to 4 PM we were busy with hundreds of visitors and two fantastic birthday parties.

Special thanks to museum guides Dick Felone, Nat Whittemore, Jim Daly, Chris Kelly, Dan O'Neill, Cathy Warnock, Ed Williamson, Will Warnock and Sparky our faithful mascot. Your enthusiasm makes the museum a welcoming place to visit on a cold November day.

Saturday, November 9, the museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.  Come in from the cold and wind.  The warmth of our ...
11/09/2019

Saturday, November 9, the museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Come in from the cold and wind. The warmth of our staff and the museum will make your day in Boston enjoyable. Free admission!

Patches, we have the one you are looking for.

Tonight - Get ready - Be sure you have new batteries!
11/02/2019

Tonight - Get ready - Be sure you have new batteries!

11/02/2019

The finest historical museum in Boston will be open on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. .......... Free admission!

Pictures of a "typical" Saturday in the Boston Fire Museum.  Definitely, one of the happiest places in Boston.  Saturday...
10/21/2019

Pictures of a "typical" Saturday in the Boston Fire Museum. Definitely, one of the happiest places in Boston. Saturday - October 19th

Saturday, October 12 was another busy day in the museum.  Here are a few pictures.The museum will be open on Saturday, O...
10/18/2019

Saturday, October 12 was another busy day in the museum. Here are a few pictures.

The museum will be open on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. We look forward to your visit.

Are you looking for a place to hold a BIRTHDAY PARTY?  Are you looking for a party site where both children and adults w...
10/16/2019

Are you looking for a place to hold a BIRTHDAY PARTY? Are you looking for a party site where both children and adults will have a great time? We have what you are looking for. The BEST PLACE in Boston to hold a Birthday Party is in the BOSTON FIRE MUSEUM.

Information on fire museum birthday parties can be found at: BOSTONFIREMUSEUM.COM.

The following pictures will give you a good idea of the wonderful time your child, you and your guests will have at a Boston Fire Museum Birthday Party.

The museum received a donation of two “experienced” Boston Fire Department helmets.  The donation was made by Mr. Greg T...
10/11/2019

The museum received a donation of two “experienced” Boston Fire Department helmets. The donation was made by Mr. Greg Thulander in memory of his father, O. Alan Thulander.

The helmets, worn proudly by a Boston Deputy Chief and a Boston District Chief show they were in the “heat of the action.”

We are delighted to display the helmets of these two dedicated members of the BFD. Currently in a display case they will eventually be “raised to the rafters” joining the helmets of other members of the Boston Fire Department.

Thank you Greg Thulander for supporting the Boston Fire Museum.

Tomorrow, October 12th, you can view the helmets during a visit to the museum. The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. There is no admission fee to visit the museum.

Thursday, we welcomed students and staff from St. Peter Academy of South Boston.  The students were wonderful as they en...
10/11/2019

Thursday, we welcomed students and staff from St. Peter Academy of South Boston. The students were wonderful as they engaged the museum staff with questions about the Cocoanut Grove fire and fire safety in general. We look forward to a future visit by students from the academy.

On October 5th, we were pleased to welcome Mr. Robert J. Stevens and his wife Gladys.  They came to Boston from Dallas, ...
10/11/2019

On October 5th, we were pleased to welcome Mr. Robert J. Stevens and his wife Gladys. They came to Boston from Dallas, Texas seeking information on his grandfather, a man he only knows from stories passed down by his mother and relatives.

Bob asked if we had any information on his grandfather, George Layhe. He was thrilled when we were able to describe the collapse of the Molasses Tank on January 15, 1919 that led to the death of his grandfather, Hoseman George Layhe of the Boston Fire Department. Hoseman / 3rd Engineer Layhe was assigned to the Fireboat, Engine 31, located on the City Wharf, at 521 Commercial St., in the North End section of Boston. The quarters of Engine 31 collapsed after being hit by a “wave of molasses” from the failed tank that held over 2.3 million gallons of sticky molasses. Fireman Layhe was buried when the building fell on top of him.

Bob’s mother, Helen, was 3 years old when her dad was killed in the Line of Duty. Bob was excited to hear that the great grandson of Fireman Layhe, a relative he has never met, has been a frequent visitor to the museum doing research on his great grandfather.

Bob’s wife Gladys said that Bob has been planning this emotional trip for many years. Thanks to the information provided by the museum staff and with information from the Boston Fire Historical Society, Bob and Gladys, with thanks to everyone, left to walk to the site of the tragedy and to begin a search for his unknown relative living in East Boston.

It was a rewarding visit for Bob and Gladys and for the museum staff.

Carltonaut's Travel Tips has a list of the “20 BEST THINGS TO DO IN BOSTON”  and the Boston Fire Museum is on the list. ...
10/04/2019

Carltonaut's Travel Tips has a list of the “20 BEST THINGS TO DO IN BOSTON” and the Boston Fire Museum is on the list. Check it out!

http://carltonautstraveltips.com/2019/10/03/20-best-things-to-do-in-boston-ma/

The museum will be open on Saturday, October 5 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Follow the recommendation of CARLTONAUT and visit with your family and friends. And remember, there is no admission fee although donations are appreciated.

On Saturday, September 28, the museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.   The weather forecaster promises a great, earl...
09/27/2019

On Saturday, September 28, the museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. The weather forecaster promises a great, early fall day. Just the type of day to "WALK BOSTON" and visit a great museum.

Remember, free admission!

Address

344 Congress St
Boston, MA
02210

Red Line to South Station then a short walk to 344 Congress St., South Boston. The museum is just down the street from the Hood Milk Bottle. You will know it when you see it.

Opening Hours

Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(617) 338-9700

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Thanks for the good time!
It was nice meeting you & Sparky on Boston Common this morning during the MDA Muscle Walk
Final sketch!
One more
Thanks again for hosting us, we always have great sketching sessions at the Boston Fire Museum! Here is a selection of the sketches from yesterday!
Closed despite 3 different websites saying they were open tonight.
Working next today,my Dad was a Firefighter for the City of Waltham Ma.he has since passed.I still have his helmet.i saw you have a bunch hanging.I was wondering if you would take it I don’t know if you take one from outside of the city.I don’t know what else to do with it.this way my family can honor him.that
It was a rainy day in Salem, but we had a fantastic handtub muster anyway! https://www.facebook.com/handtubmusters/videos/10156284834737535/
If you're on the North Shore tomorrow, stop by Salem Willows and see some handtubs in action! https://www.facebook.com/handtubmusters/videos/10156042567027535/
My father, Felix "Dick" Cosgrove Engine 2 in Southie. I think this is back in the 60's.
Just visited the BFM today. Thank you very much for the warm welcome, we will bring it with us to Hungary. It was great to see a piece of Boston history.
do you guys have a lowry hydrant down there?