I just love to visit fire museums. Maybe I should have been a fireman! Anyway, I have been
to stop at this museum for some time, but as things go I get in a hurry and have not
stopped until this trip. After seeing it, I should have stopped sooner. Loved it.
The Fire Museum of Texas opened in 1984 in the historic Central Fire Headquarters Station, built in 1927 in downtown Beaumont. In 1986 the State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association of Texas endorsed the museum as the "Official Fire Museum of Texas." Operating as a 501 (c)(3), the Museum is managed by a Board of Directors through a partnership with the City of Beaumont. The Museum is recognized as one of Texas's Best FREE places for individuals, groups and families to visit.
The Fire Museum is home to an extensive collection of fire engines and firefighting equipment dating back to 1856. You can see the history of the fire service and the advances in firefighting as you move through the exhibits. The have an excellent collection of fire department badges and patches. It is also home to one of the world's largest fire hydrants. It would be any dog's dream to visit.
The two story building recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark is an unusual style of Renaissance Revival architecture. The masonry eagle above the first floor bays and the colored tiles compliment the masonry cornice.
Check out the 1909 Aerial ladder truck, the 1856 Howe Hand Drawn Pumper, the 1931 Light Truck used for search and rescue in the 1937 New London School Explosion and the Gamewell Call Box Alarm System used before there were telephones. Children will love the two-story interactive miniature house designed to practice fire escape plans and the opportunity to dress up and sit behind the wheel of a real fire engine.
Located in downtown Beaumont the museum is within walking distance of multiple museums, restaurants and ten significant sites on the National Register of Historical Places.
Mon - Fri 8am - 4:30pm
Admission is free.
Fire Museum of Texas
400 Walnut St