Fire Museum of Memphis
Fire Museum of Memphis
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Memphis' Hottest Attraction!!! America’s premier interactive fire museum is in the legendary Fire Engine House No. 1 in downtown Memphis. Step back in time to a turn-of-the-century firehouse. Fight the flames of a burning skyscraper from a snorkel basket simulator. Take a look at the horse-drawn era of firefighting from the horse’s perspective! 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. Discover the proud history of Memphis’ first African-American firefighters. And many more hot attractions!
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Shelby L
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Wonderful museum! My husband is a firefighter and he really enjoyed getting to read and look at all of the history. My one year old also enjoyed running around and getting to interact with the kids portion of the museum. Would highly recommend! We spent about 1.5 hours here
Written 23 September 2023
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Krista R
Joplin, MO24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
The fire station was great. This is interesting but is even better for small kids. There is a 3d movie to give you an experience of a house fire. Shows fire station history but several interactive things for smaller children. My teens even had fun in some of the stations.

Highly recommend for small kids.
Written 31 July 2021
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beccare1027
Corsicana, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The history was amazing. Loved all the preserved items throughout the years from keys and booklets to large apparatus. Loved seeing the educational portion for children. Small but definitely worth a visit!
Written 9 October 2021
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FamilyofRoadTrips
St. Louis, Missouri77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My family decided to check out the museum after I found out about it on the Internet. We thought it would be a good place to spend a couple of hours, especially since we went in the winter.

We had a slight problem finding the entrance to the building, since the museum is actually made up of a few buildings combined. (FYI--look for the Memorial Wall, then walk straight, parallel to the wall, and the door is on the left.)

Once inside, we were pleased to find that we had the museum virtually to ourselves. The staff was friendly and very informative. We enjoyed the fire truck exhibit that was on display while we were there, and the employee we talked to was able to provide descriptive background information about the collection. In this first building, we were able to see actual fire trucks, which was a bonus.

The second building was much more interactive, complete with "fire trucks" to ride in and a firefighters' pole to slide down. We also checked out the "ambulance" and watched a few video clips. One of the highlights was the talking horse, "Ol' Billy," who explains the life for firefighters in the 19th century. Unfortunately, the "Snorkel Basket Stimulator," one of the interactive exhibits, was closed down, which definitely was a disappointment. (This exhibit is supposed to give children the experience of putting out a fire, according to the website.) The fire safety arcade was fun, and a replica of a house taught fire safety tips as well.

We participated in the "Escape Maze," which was also a disappointment. The idea behind it was to get out of the burning house. The "maze" was basically a bunch of small, dark, closet-size rooms attached. The goal was to feel around on the doors to see whether they were warm. If they were cool to the touch, they were safe to go through. Meanwhile, lights flashed and sirens buzzed loudly every time someone accidentally went through a "warm" door. These sirens continued ringing (and ringing and ringing and ringing) until the person escapes the "burning" house and steps on the "family meeting place." Then the entire cycle starts over again.

Unfortunately, another interactive exhibit, the "Fire Room," was also closed. This room is supposed to allow children to experience what it is like to been in a burning house.

Overall, two of the interactive exhibits were closed, which was what we came to the museum for. If these exhibits would have been open, I would have given the museum at least a 4-star rating.

I would recommend the Fire Museum of Memphis to anyone with children (generally 12 and younger), especially if the children (or the adults) are interested in fire trucks. The kids should enjoy the interactive activities, especially if they're all open. The museum is a different, hands-on way to learn about fire safety and what to do to stay safe.
Written 4 November 2005
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Ann-Christin
Torslanda, Sweden1,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We took the kids to the Fire Museum while Grandma toured Sun Studios. We had the museum virtually to ourselves. The kids had a blast playing firemen and there we're interesting and educational exhibits for the adults. We skipped the the "escape maze" and the fire room, on the advice from the staff on account of the kids being so young. The kids enjoyed the Billy, the talking horse and there were several antique "fire trucks". Finally we spent some time in the gift shop which had an excellent selection and the kids picked out some firetrucks to bring home. The staff was really friendly as well. I would highly recomend a visit!
Written 31 January 2008
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Paul B
Helston135 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
What a totally bizarre experience! You have to see this once in your lifetime just to see how totally whakey and nuts our American cousins really are! We have trooping the colour and changing the guard they have...the Peabody ducks!!!
So you have one of the most expensive and lavish hotels in Memphis parading 5 very ordinary Malard ducks up and down its very extravagant elevators twice a day. Once up on the Penthouse floor no less they have the run of the waterfall apparently! They are then paraded back down on the red carpet by the official processor of the ducks, complete with fanfare, pomp and ceremony!
At least there's no charge to see this fiasco but you might get tempted by the bar, which apart from actually tuning up to watch this could be your second biggest mistake... a glass of wine costs $15!!!
While you're in the hotel lobby however a visit to the world famous Lanksy clothes sellers is worth a visit (clothiers to the king!) and an amble around the opulent surroundings of the hotel itself is a bit of an eye opener!
Written 4 January 2015
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DiLMZ
Ottawa, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
Experiencing the 'fire simulation' was amazing, along with seeing the interactive room for teaching children about fire safety and emergencies. The equipment on display was gleaming, and the opportunity to get up close to the displays was great.
Written 29 October 2013
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Oli_Ave
Colbert, GA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
The price was very reasonable, the older gentleman that sold us our tickets was nice and VERY helpful and best of all, our 3 year old son LOVED it! The fire room, which I really wanted my 12 and 15 year old nieces to see was closed when we went but still, we all enjoyed it.
Written 1 June 2012
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Arkie_2008
Jonesboro, AR196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We took our two little ones to the Fire Museum over the weekend, and they just loved it! We went with another couple, who also had two little ones. Thumbs up all around. It's nothing that will blow you away or anything, but for the cost ($6/adult and $3/children 3-12), you get a lot for your money. We'll definitely go again.
Written 3 January 2009
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Scot P
Maleny, Australia115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
What a fantastic Museum. There’s plenty to do for both children & adults alike. A wonderful walk through the history of the MFD, thank you
Written 28 July 2019
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