The museum is housed in the former fire station No. 7, opened in 1899 as the first paid fire station for the City of Houston. Inside, you’ll see everything from fire fighter uniforms and helmets to fire fighting vehicles (including a 1912 water tower). Antique equipment on display at the Houston Fire Museum includes a 1937 Chevrolet pumper, an 1895 Ahrens Fox horse-drawn steamer, a 19th century hand powered pumper, as well as a 1938 REO fire truck. Also of interest is the old dispatch board, where dispatchers kept track of which units were active and where they were working.
Members of the Houston Fire Department provide guided tours, lasting about one hour, to groups. Call the museum for reservations and information.
The museum is also available for birthday parties and events. Check the website or call the museum for more information.
Houston Fire Museum, 2403 Milam, Houston, Texas
Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $3 Adults, $2 Seniors and Children
To reach the museum, take Milam (one way street) from downtown. The museum is on your left, at the corner of Milam and McIlhenny. Parking is available on the street.