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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Thanks to the work of museum staff members Will Warnock and Mike Gerry, the back of the 1898 Abe Lincoln Steamer is "und...
05/18/2019

Thanks to the work of museum staff members Will Warnock and Mike Gerry, the back of the 1898 Abe Lincoln Steamer is "under a spotlight." A bright light enables the museum staff to properly describe how the steamer operated.

You can view the apparatus and all the museum displays on Saturday, May 18. The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

The museum does not require an admission fee.

Retired firemen Gene Fox and Mike Pateski visited the museum today.  They liked one of our antique apparatus so much the...
05/13/2019

Retired firemen Gene Fox and Mike Pateski visited the museum today. They liked one of our antique apparatus so much they wanted to take it with them. Mike on the left retired from the Philadelphia Fire Department while Gene retired from the Fire Department of New York City.

We had a great visit with dedicated members of the fire service.

Planning a visit to historic Boston tomorrow, May 11, we invite you to visit the best "free" museum in Boston.The fire m...
05/10/2019

Planning a visit to historic Boston tomorrow, May 11, we invite you to visit the best "free" museum in Boston.

The fire museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

We know you will have a great visit.

May 4th is also International Firefighters’ Day.  All are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died whil...
05/04/2019

May 4th is also International Firefighters’ Day. All are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, we can show our support and appreciation to the firefighters world wide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.

Saturday, May 4th is a big day on the social calendar for many people.  In the Boston Fire Museum it will be HELMET DAY ...
05/03/2019

Saturday, May 4th is a big day on the social calendar for many people.

In the Boston Fire Museum it will be HELMET DAY when all visitors to the museum, young and old, will have the opportunity to wear a Firefighters Helmet and “drive” an antique fire engine.

While many will enjoy STAR WARS DAY and KENTUCKY DERBY HAT DAY we know everyone who visits the fire museum will have a great HELMET DAY

The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

The museum will be open on Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.  We were very busy last Saturday with hundreds of v...
04/27/2019

The museum will be open on Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

We were very busy last Saturday with hundreds of visitors. We welcomed participants in a sketching class who forwarded their sketches to the museum after their visit. Very talented people1

Every day in the museum is different and interesting. We meet people from all over the world and from our own community of South Boston. Every visitor brings their background, interests and stories. We look forward to welcoming every visitor as a new friend.

The museum will be open on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.To all our friends everywhere ............
04/20/2019

The museum will be open on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

To all our friends everywhere ............

THE PAST WEEK HAS BEEN BUSY IN THE MUSEUM.
04/19/2019

THE PAST WEEK HAS BEEN BUSY IN THE MUSEUM.

Monday, April 15, PATRIOT'S DAY - The fire museum will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM.So, after the Boston Marathon or the R...
04/14/2019

Monday, April 15, PATRIOT'S DAY - The fire museum will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM.

So, after the Boston Marathon or the Red Sox game, visit the museum.

Bring your family and friends to the best "free admission" museum in Boston.

Just in time for the warm days that are coming (we hope), the museum has a supply of shirts with new designs in all size...
04/12/2019

Just in time for the warm days that are coming (we hope), the museum has a supply of shirts with new designs in all sizes.

When you visit the museum this weekend you can purchase a new shirt and visit the hand drawn ladder used in the 1800's.

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

We will make an announcement with the times when the museum will be open on Monday, April 15, Patriots Day!

The most popular exhibit in the museum is Engine 38, our 1926 American LaFrance Engine.  All visitors have the opportuni...
04/06/2019

The most popular exhibit in the museum is Engine 38, our 1926 American LaFrance Engine. All visitors have the opportunity to sit and "drive" the engine. We only have 2 requirements, NO speeding and NO texting. Yes, we like to have fun in the museum.

The best historical museum in the Seaport section of Boston will be open on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Remember, there is NO admission fee but donations are welcome.

We look forward to your visit.

Boston Fire Museum
04/06/2019

Boston Fire Museum

With a forecast of mild weather, we plan to have the apparatus doors open for the first time in 2019.  Spring has arrive...
03/30/2019

With a forecast of mild weather, we plan to have the apparatus doors open for the first time in 2019. Spring has arrived!

The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Remember, admission is free. YES! Free to visit one of the finest historical museums in the country.

We look forward to seeing you.

Every day in the museum our guides meet interesting visitors from all over the country and from many foreign lands.  Rec...
03/27/2019

Every day in the museum our guides meet interesting visitors from all over the country and from many foreign lands. Recently, we welcomed Christine Maleta and her son Wyett, visiting from Los Angeles.

The Maleta family has a long connection with the fire service in the LA area. Christine’s father-in-law, John Maleta, is a retired Captain of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He served at Station 51, home of Engine 51 and Squad 51 of the 1970s TV show, EMERGENCY!

Captain Maleta helped to implement Hazardous Fire Fighting Procedures and invented the “Vapor Recapture Nozzle for Tanker Trucks.

We join the Boston Fire Department in honoring and remembering the lives of Lt. Ed Walsh and FF. Michael Kennedy, who we...
03/26/2019

We join the Boston Fire Department in honoring and remembering the lives of Lt. Ed Walsh and FF. Michael Kennedy, who were tragically killed in the line of duty five years ago today, working at a 9 alarm fire at 298 Beacon St. Please pause and think about our fallen brothers and their families. May they Rest In Peace .

THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY, MARCH 239:30 AM to 4:00 PM.OUR 1859 HAND TUB  "THE WASHINGTON" IS AN EXCELLENT REPRESE...
03/23/2019

THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY, MARCH 23
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

OUR 1859 HAND TUB "THE WASHINGTON" IS AN EXCELLENT REPRESENTATION ON HOW THE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN OF
CHARLESTOWN SERVED THEIR COMMUNITY.

03/17/2019
Coming to Boston for the St. Patrick's weekend events and parade?  Be sure to visit the museum at 344 Congress St., in t...
03/16/2019

Coming to Boston for the St. Patrick's weekend events and parade? Be sure to visit the museum at 344 Congress St., in the Seaport neighborhood of South Boston.

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

PLEASE NOTE: If you see members of the Boston Fire Department this weekend let them know how much you appreciate their service. The firefighters are now into their 6th hour fighting a major 9 Alarm fire in the East Boston section of the city.

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, MARCH 9 ...... PLAN NOW TO:1.  VISIT THE MUSEUM BETWEEN 9:30 AM & 4 PM.2.  CHANGE YOUR CLOCK - SPRIN...
03/09/2019

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, MARCH 9 ...... PLAN NOW TO:

1. VISIT THE MUSEUM BETWEEN 9:30 AM & 4 PM.
2. CHANGE YOUR CLOCK - SPRING AHEAD
3. CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES - SMOKE ALARMS SAVE
LIVES.

IMPORTANT - Please make sure the fire hydrant serving your home is clear of snow.  Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has done his...
03/04/2019

IMPORTANT - Please make sure the fire hydrant serving your home is clear of snow. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has done his part to clear the snow from the hydrant near his home. Thanks Mayor!

03/02/2019

DUE TO THE SATURDAY
WEATHER FORECAST OF SNOW, THE MUSEUM
WILL BE CLOSED.
STAY SAFE!

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston's largest fire, and still ranks as one of the most costly fire-related property...
02/23/2019

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston's largest fire, and still ranks as one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history. The conflagration began on November 9, 1872, in the basement of a commercial warehouse at 83–87 Summer Street. The fire was finally contained 12 hours later, after it had consumed about 65 acres of Boston's downtown, 776 buildings and much of the financial district. The inferno caused $73.5 million in damages, equivalent to $1.4 billion today. Many were killed including firemen from Boston and other communities.

Firefighting units and firemen from Maine to New Haven, Connecticut, arrived to help, but efforts to fight the fire were plagued by difficulties. There was not enough water on hand to get the fire under control and the hydrant system did not work well.

Visit the museum and hear about the “horse flu” that put most of the horses that pulled the apparatus to the fire OOS (Out Of Service).

The museum will be open Saturday, February 23, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

This 1895 photo shows Engine 39 in front of their quarters at 344 Congress St., South Boston.  The Boston Fire Museum an...
02/16/2019

This 1895 photo shows Engine 39 in front of their quarters at 344 Congress St., South Boston. The Boston Fire Museum and Boston Sparks Assoc. now occupy the former firehouse. You can visit the museum and see a "Steamer" similar to Engine 39.

The museum will be open on Saturday, February 16, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. The day is forecast to be sunny with temperature in the mid 40's. Good weather to explore Boston.

We look forward to seeing you.

02/09/2019

THE MUSEUM
WILL BE OPEN
SATURDAY FROM 10 to 4.

CONGRATULATIONS TO A GREAT TEAM AND FANTASTIC FANS!
02/04/2019

CONGRATULATIONS TO A GREAT TEAM AND FANTASTIC FANS!

The Artic cold of the past few days is a reminder of a major fire in Haymarket Square on February 1st, 1954, another bit...
02/02/2019

The Artic cold of the past few days is a reminder of a major fire in Haymarket Square on February 1st, 1954, another bitter cold period for the Boston Fire Department.

The newspaper pictures from the files of Boston Fire Lieutenant Hugh McMakin tell the story of how the Boston Firemen fought the fire in very difficult conditions.

Additional pictures of the fire are available at the website of the Boston Fire Historical Society.

The Abe Lincoln Steamer, brought out of “retirement” to free the apparatus and equipment from the severe ice build-up, is one of the apparatus in the museum. Use your imagination and become a “steam engineer” as you stand at the back of the Abe Lincoln and see exactly what the firemen had to deal with 65 years ago on February 1st and 2nd, 1954.

You can visit the steamer and the museum on, Ground Hog Day, Saturday, February 2nd between 9:30 AM and 4 PM.

A LITTLE HISTORY FROM THE MUSEUM.In the early days of Boston, the bells on a church or assembly building let everyone kn...
01/26/2019

A LITTLE HISTORY FROM THE MUSEUM.

In the early days of Boston, the bells on a church or assembly building let everyone know there was a fire or emergency and their help was needed. That worked well during the day but at night, when everyone was sleeping, a different method had to be used. THE CLACKER filled that important role.

You can see this antique fire alarm artifact in the museum, tomorrow, January 26. The museum will be open from 9:30 to 4 PM.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!!!!The helmet of a Boston Firefighter has “gone” missing while the member of Rescue 2 was worki...
01/23/2019

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!!!!

The helmet of a Boston Firefighter has “gone” missing while the member of Rescue 2 was working at a recent technical rescue incident on the Muddy River. The river is on the Boston / Brookline line and empties into the Charles River in the Fenway neighborhood.

Please spread the word to everyone you know in the area of: The Fenway, Kenmore Square, Fenway Park, Commonwealth Ave., and the Longwood Medical area. Someone might know who has the helmet or where it may be located.

The helmet is very personal to every firefighter. It protects him or her from falling objects and could be a life saver when a FF needs to break a window and evacuate a room or building.

The missing helmet can be left at any firehouse in Boston, Brookline or Cambridge. A phone call can also be made to the Boston Fire Department at (617) 343-3415.

Your help will be appreciated by everyone who values the work of the firefighters in the Boston area. They are there whenever we need help, now they need us to help them.

Sunday, January 15, 1948, was a bitter cold day in Boston.  About 12:45 PM a fire was discovered in the Armour Leather C...
01/17/2019

Sunday, January 15, 1948, was a bitter cold day in Boston. About 12:45 PM a fire was discovered in the Armour Leather Company on Sleeper Street in the Fort Point Channel area of South Boston. The location is one block from the quarters of Engine 39 and Ladder 18 at 344 Congress St., the present location of the Boston Fire Museum.

The 5 Alarm fire on Box 7115 went into the night with Boston firemen battling ice in addition to the fire. The fire loss exceeded $1.5 million, an incredible amount at that time.

We thank the family of Boston Fire Lieutenant Hugh McMakin and Boston Fire Fighter Bill Noonan, retired, for the photos.

We thank the Boston Fire Historical Society for maintaining the list of those who served on the Boston Fire Department.

Also, thanks to Museum Guide Mike Gerry for helping with photo reduction.

The museum will be open this Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM (weather permitting).

BOSTON MOLASSES FLOOD - 100 YEARS AGOThe Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End section o...
01/15/2019

BOSTON MOLASSES FLOOD - 100 YEARS AGO

The Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End section of the city. A large, poorly built, molasses storage tank, burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, killing 21 and injuring 150.

Molasses can be fermented to produce rum and ethanol, the active ingredient in some alcoholic beverages and a key component in the manufacturing of munitions. The stored molasses was awaiting transfer to the Purity Distilling Company located in the neighboring city of Cambridge.

The disaster occurred as the temperature had risen above 40 degrees, climbing rapidly from the frigid temperatures of the preceding days.

At about 12:30 PM the tank, 50 feet tall and 90 feet in diameter, containing 2,300,000 gallons of molasses, collapsed. The collapse unleashed a wave of molasses, 25 feet high at its peak, traveling thru the area, destroying buildings including the fire boat station of Engine 31 and the train trestle in addition to the many who were killed or injured.

Additional information on the disaster can be found at:

https://bostonfirehistory.org/other-disasters/

https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2019/01/09/the-great-molasses-flood-was-boston-strangest-disaster/VawySumFUf5vKCibM9PLtJ/story.html

https://northendwaterfront.com/2019/01/the-great-molasses-flood-of-1919/

01/13/2019

It's 10 AM, Sunday. Turn on the Travel Channel. In about 12 minutes you will see a segment from the museum. Chairman Will Warnock will be discussing a theory on the Cocoanut Grove fire.

If you visit the museum today, January 12, you can enjoy a delicious molasses cookie made by Catherine Warnock, one of o...
01/12/2019

If you visit the museum today, January 12, you can enjoy a delicious molasses cookie made by Catherine Warnock, one of our great staff members.

Last Saturday, a new Quincy Fire Department recruit visited the museum. Museum guide Mike Gerry welcomed the new fireman...
01/12/2019

Last Saturday, a new Quincy Fire Department recruit visited the museum. Museum guide Mike Gerry welcomed the new fireman and provided instruction on fire pump operation procedures. Mike's grandfather was a member of the Quincy FD.

Also, we are proud to announce that museum Chairman Will Warnock will be on Mysteries at the Museum this Sunday at 10 AM. Be sure to tune into the Travel Channel. The segment will be about a possible cause of the Cocoanut Grove fire of November 28, 1942.

There is a lot going on in the museum. We hope you will on Saturday, January 12 between 9:30 AM and 4 PM. We look forward to seeing you.

Many thanks to Chuck Gaddis for making repairs to one of our artifacts.  A firefighter's helmet, donated by the family o...
01/05/2019

Many thanks to Chuck Gaddis for making repairs to one of our artifacts. A firefighter's helmet, donated by the family of a retired member of the New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Fire Brigade, was in need of a major repair. We are now able to display the helmet.

You can see all our artifacts when you visit one of the finest museums in Boston.

The museum will be open Saturday, January 5th, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

We were pleased to be included in the New Year's Eve "Touch A Truck" festivities at the Envoy Hotel in the Seaport.  Alo...
01/02/2019

We were pleased to be included in the New Year's Eve "Touch A Truck" festivities at the Envoy Hotel in the Seaport. Along with the Mass. State Police, the staff of the museum greeted hundreds of children and adults as they prepared to welcome 2019.

Sparky served as "Best Dog" at the wedding reception.

From all of us to all of you!
01/01/2019

From all of us to all of you!

2018 ended with a busy day in the museum.  The number of visitors from all over the world who came to Boston to celebrat...
12/29/2018

2018 ended with a busy day in the museum. The number of visitors from all over the world who came to Boston to celebrate was amazing. Museum guides Jim Daly, Mike Gerry, Paul Finn, Dan O'Neill and Will Warnock were busy the entire day.

We are looking forward to the 2019 museum season.

On Friday, December 28, at 5:14 AM, the Boston Fire Department reported firefighters were called to a fire at 94 Endicot...
12/28/2018

On Friday, December 28, at 5:14 AM, the Boston Fire Department reported firefighters were called to a fire at 94 Endicott St. in the North End by a resident, who used a street fire alarm box when calling 911 from a phone didn't work. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the fire.

The resident went to the fire box at the same location where the world's first ever municipal fire box alarm was used in 1852.

The resident "pulled the hook" on Box 1212 at Cooper and Endicott Streets. The Boston Fire Historical Society reports that location was the site of the first ever fire alarm signaled from a street box, for a fire around 8:25 PM on April 29, 1852, just one day after Boston turned on the world's first municipal fire alarm box system.

Boston’s street fire box system still uses the same basic mechanism as employed in the 1852 boxes. A spring based system inside the box generates Morse Code like signals that are received at the Boston Fire Alarm Office in the Fenway. The alarm received gives the box number and its location. In seconds, Boston firefighters are notified and respond.

Members of the Boston Fire Museum staff note this is the 3rd time since 2013 when cell phones in Boston were “unavailable” to report a fire or other emergency. Residents, who were able to “pull the hook” on a fire box, received a response from Boston firefighters. The 167 year old system worked perfectly and continues to be available today.

Everyone should note the location of the fire alarm box in their neighborhood. If you need help because of a fire, crash or medical emergency go to the fire box and “pull the hook.” Stay at the fire box and very quickly, fire apparatus and firefighters will arrive.

Visit the fire museum on Saturday, December 29 between 9:30 AM and 4 PM and you can “pull the hook” on our fire alarm exhibit.

Boston Fire Museum
12/25/2018

Boston Fire Museum

We remember Hoseman Thomas Deveney of the Boston Fire Department who suffered a fatal fall from the sliding pole in the ...
12/25/2018

We remember Hoseman Thomas Deveney of the Boston Fire Department who suffered a fatal fall from the sliding pole in the Congress Street Fire Station. The station is now the home of the Boston Fire Museum and the Boston Sparks Association.

May Hoseman Deveney Rest In Peace!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!  Have a happy and safe holiday.
12/24/2018

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a happy and safe holiday.

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

Friday 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(617) 338-9700

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