The Historic Fire Museum of Houston
One of the oldest fire museums in the country, the Houston Fire Museum is partially housed in the former Houston Fire Station No. 7. The downtown building was originally built in 1895, and served as the first home of the Houston Fire Department. The station remained active for over 70 years, until a new station was built in 1969. Years later, in 1980, the city began to renovate the building for use as a museum. As the museum expanded, an additional building was added to hold the various exhibits; however, the original building still remains a part of the facilities, today having been remodeled to look as it did in 1895 when it was first in use.
Today, the Fire Museum serves to house Houston’s rich fire fighting history, including the roots of the ten original fire companies, some of which still operate today. Some of the largest exhibits include a set of 19th century apparatus (complete with horse-drawn steamer), an interactive display detailing the 1950’s era firefighter, and a rotating collection of 20th century fire service artifacts. Guided tours through the city’s history are also available with prior scheduling.
*New* special exhibit for 2014, “Fire Houses of Houston”, will feature a short history of each fire station from the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. Each station will rotate throughout the year with a new station highlighted every other month.
Keep up with the growing Houston Fire Museum on their website and be sure to stop by if you find yourself nearby!
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