Tours of the Fire Museum of Maryland are not just for children. We accommodate hundreds of seniors and adults on tours every year. Here are just of a few of their reactions:
"I pass the Fire Museum all the time. I'm glad I, at last, got a chance to see it. It is an interesting place and should be seen."
"This was an excellent event. We will recommend it to our friends."
"This is a wonderful treasure. Great information on historic fire engines and fascinating exhibits of early alarm system."
"A fascinating glimpse into early firefighting practices. I learned a lot."
Early Fire Fighting Technology
Firefighting has come a long way in the last 200 years but the goal of putting water on the fire has remained. This tour will examine the early, experimental, and human powered equipment of the fire service. Visitors will see how the development of hoses, hydrants, and other technologies impacted the job. 1-hour tour.
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
See how 17 fire departments from 25 cities fought the worst fire in Baltimore history and how citizens rebuilt the city in just 2 years. Tour the Fire Museum focusing on the Great Fire exhibit. Visitors examine primary sources including, two engines that fought the Fire, and original film footage by Thomas Edison. 1-hour tour.
Fire Alarm Telegraph Office
Life in an 1871 Fire House
Explore the life of a 19th-century firefighter! The reconstructed cast iron facade of a Baltimore City's Engine 8 is a threshold through which we cross into the past. Visitors learn how the brave men of Baltimore's Fire Department lived, worked, and protected their city. Living with horses and steam engines, these men laid the foundation of a modern, urban fire department. 1-hour tour.
"Isn't that Lady Liberty?"
The history of fire departments in American is filled with a rich tradition of decorating apparatus. Oil paintings, silverwork, gold leafing, and impressive sculptures all found their place onto functional vehicles. Explore this tradition with us, as we look at more than two hundred years of artistic expression in the fire service. 1-hour tour.
See, hear, and interact with the technological changes in emergency communications from 1852 to present. Working alarm boxes, telegraph registers, period furniture, and lighting provide an immersive experience in this fascinating journey through time. 1-hour tour.
Outreach Programs: Let Us Come to You!
Although there is no substitute for visiting the Fire Museum and seeing our awesome collection in person, if you cannot come to us, we are happy to come to you! Here are the outreach programs currently offered by the Fire Museum:
The story of the Fire Service – as seen through the 40 pieces of firefighting apparatus, documents, images, and other collections of the Fire Museum of Maryland.
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 & the People Who Remembered It - as seen through the eyes of the people who lived through it. Includes historical information from diaries, newspapers and other archival materials, photographs, paintings, and other artwork that was used to document this catastrophic event.
"Isn't That Lady Liberty?" – Decorative arts look at the paintings, carvings, and castings of the Fire Museum of Maryland’s collections and how they relate to changing styles and fashions of the fire service and society.
Plug Uglies and Fire Plugs – How the violent politics of the 1850s brought an end to volunteer fire companies in Baltimore City.
Baltimore Builders – Did you know Baltimore had more fire engine manufacturers than any other city from 1823 to 1964?
Fire Safety and Fire Gear – Learn about fire safety in your home or organization. What can you do to protect yourself and those who live around you—fire safety plans, smoke detectors, fire safety video, and resource materials.