Owned and operated by the Boston Sparks Association, the museum seeks to preserve Boston’s firefighting memorabilia, educate the public about fire safety, and restore and maintain the historic firehouse.
Things to Do
- Examine a hand-drawn, hand-operated pumper used by firefighters in 1793, until it was replaced by a much larger engine in 1808, and special equipment such as thawing devices used on hydrants and hoses during cold-weather fires.
- Visitors can also view engines, photos, alarms, and other artifacts in the museum exhibits.
- Photo montages detail the history of fire service in Roxbury and capture the equipment used long ago by local firefighters, such as the self-propelled steamer of an engine used in the firehouse from 1897 to 1925.
- Current firefighting uniforms—the coats, boots, masks, helmets, and gloves men and women wear on the job today—are also on display.
Boston Fire Museum Insider Tips
Occasionally, the Museum can accommodate group tours of the facility during the week. Please call (617) 338-9700 to schedule an appointment.