The Fire Museum of Memphis is quite literally the Mid-South's hottest attraction. It is America's Premiere Interactive Fire Museum. The Museum is located in the legendary Fire Engine House No.1 on Adams Ave in Downtown Memphis, which is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

Fire Station No. 1 opened in 1910 at 118 Adams Avenue in Downtown Memphis. Fire Station No.1 was built during the term of the infamous Mayor of Memphis, EH "Boss" Crump, and Fire Chief, John E. McFadden.  In the early 90’s, the city of Memphis experienced an unusually high fire fatality (up to 2.5 times the national average).  During their search for a solution, The Memphis Fire Department decided to create not just a fire museum housing its rich history, but to impact the fire problem through the creation of an institute for learning and teaching fire and life safety. As such, the mission of the Fire Museum of Memphis is to promote the education of fire and life safety, to reduce injury, life-loss and property-loss related to fire and to recognize and preserve the heritage of the fire service and its contribution to the community. 

At the Fire Museum of Memphis, you can step back in time to a turn-of-the-century firehouse. Fight the flames of a burning skyscraper from a Snorkel basket. Take a look at the horse-drawn era of firefighting from a horse's prospective. Test your ability to find an escape route to survive a fire. Feel the heat of the FedEx Fire Room. Learn about the most devastating fires in the history of Memphis. Test your ability to outsmart “Squirt,” the transformer-like fire truck in the Arcade Room. Discover the proud history of Memphis' first African-American firefighters and much more.

To learn more about the Fire Museum of Memphis and to find their hours of operation and admission prices, check out their website or call 901.636.5650

 

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