Tour historic architecture, artifacts & exhibits at the Fire Museum of Houston in Midtown

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Connect the past with issues that affect our communities today as you learn about the importance of fire and life safety at the Fire Museum of Houston.

Housed in the historic 1899 Fire Station Number 7 in the heart of Midtown, the Fire Museum of Houston has been fully converted to provide guests educational resources and activities, programs and public events, a children’s play area, and changing exhibits that explore the history of Houston’s fire service.

Featuring a collection of eighteenth to twentieth-century antique fire service equipment, documents, and visual aids, the facility takes you back in time with artifacts like the 1937 Chevrolet pumper, an 1895 Ahrens Fox horse-drawn steamer, a 19th century hand powered pumper, original fire-extinguishers, uniforms by decade and more.

Established in 1980, this non-profit organization aims to preserve the heritage of firefighting services in Houston while encouraging civic engagement and sharing stories of the people and events that have shaped the Houston community.

Click here for a full list of current and upcoming exhibitions and events.

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Museum History

Built in 1898 at 2403 Milam and McIlhenny The Houston Fire Museum was originally Fire Station No. 7, the first fire station built by the Houston Fire Department after it went fully paid in 1895.

The two-story Romanesque-style building was opened in 1899 and in its two bays housed Steamer No. 7 and Hose Wagon No. 7, each of which was pulled by two horses.

Proclaimed a museum by city council in 1977, preservation of old Fire Station No. 7 as a fire museum began in 1980 and today, the Houston Fire Museum has been completely renovated and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Fire Museum of Houston

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