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The Fire Museum Manchester

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The Fire Museum
230 Pine Street
Manchester
CT
06040
Tel: 860-649-9436

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The Fire Museum is housed in a retired 1901 fire station with a unique atmosphere that saw the transition from hand drawn to horse drawn, then to motorized apparatus. In addition to a working Gamewell Fire Alarm System, our collection includes hundreds of fine examples of early American craftsmanship related to firefighting such as glassware, lighting, leather making, photography, textiles and paintings.
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    This is a small but historical Fire Museum that is worth visiting. It is free but takes donation. There are a lot of of fire trucks, horse carriages and tools on display. You can also try on their 30 lbs gear to see how it feels like to be a firefighter!

    When we visited, we got a hilarious guide and he was a retired firefighter for 20+ years. He made the tour rather interesting, educational and meaningful. There is also a 9-11 display room.

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    Hidden treasure in Tribeca. I had no idea that in addition to a collection of old fire vehicles on the ground floor, they also had a whole second floor of NYC fire memorabilia like badges, uniforms and helmets. They also rent out the third floor for private events and I could definitely imagine how impressed guests would be if this was the setting for a party. Ask at the counter if any of the retired firefighters are on hand to give you a private tour.

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    Spend your money for better things
    Nothing interesting there just a couple of old fire carriages from the 1800's not a lot of history just walls full of stupid pictures for sale!!
    Not recommended for any age!!! for sure not children

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    Our tour guide was a tad off with his comedy.The place has nostalgia from 9/11 and a book of remembrance. I noticed a box of tissues in this room.
    It had a few engines but no touching allowed. Which was quite a turn off when you want to make pictures.You are allowed to try on the fire hats and coats.
    I didn't like seeing the stuffed dead dog encased and saw no reason for the obituary discussing it didn't like cats but saved a few.
    Learned a few things like you can tap 4 times on the firebox and this calls the fire dept.but no where did anyone ever...Read More

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    Quirky informative tour guide. The antique trucks are a beautiful thing to see. Great photo ops. You aren't allowed to touch anything but they do have an area where you can try on the actual fire hat and uniform. There is a separate room dedicated to 9/11 which is very nicely done.

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Our tour guide was a tad off with his comedy.The place has nostalgia from 9/11 and a book of remembrance. I noticed a box of tissues in this room.
It had a few engines but no touching allowed. Which was quite a turn off when you want to make pictures.You are allowed to try on the fire hats and coats.
I didn't like seeing the stuffed dead dog encased and saw no reason for the obituary discussing it didn't like cats but saved a few.
Learned a few things like you can tap 4 times on the firebox and this calls the fire dept.but no where did anyone ever learn this.
It can be more children friendly with art work and tracings for kids--I won't recommend this to others. Sorry guys!

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