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“a little gem”

Michigan Firehouse Museum
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Ypsilanti
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Never thought I'd be interested in a fire house museum but prompted by a young nephew I went. I learned a lot, and the evolution of firefighting engines and technology was intriguing. Worth a visit.

Thank Iris442013
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

If you like fire engines, you'll love this museum! Located in a historic firehouse a short walk from Ypsilanti's Depot Town, this museum features fire engines from recent times all the way back to horse-drawn engines of yesteryear, most restored to their original condition. Walk through on your own or take a guided tour as your interest and time allow.....

Thank Marty F
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

There's lot to see at this museum. The building is large, very clean, well lit, well organized with plaques at each exhibit to provide information and history about the various items in the collections. There is collections of fire trucks from about 1968 very early, the kind utilizing horse power and hand pulled. Many were on loan and nearly all were in tip top condition. (If I had a fire engine or other fire related artifact, I would be happy to loan it to this museum.) There's was also collections of ladders, hats, fire grenades (I had never heard of them, they were used early to extinguish fires), the nets used to catch people who jumped, badges, bells, sirens, etc. You name it, they had it. And we didn't get past the main floor because we arrived so close to their closing time at 4 PM. A nice selection of fire-engine related toys is available for purchase.

We enjoyed this museum although neither has a friend or family member who is a fire fighter. The only thing that would have made this visit better, is a docent who might have provided additional information and, perhaps, negated the vast silence that greeted us. Other than the staff, we were the only ones in the building.

The cost of the museum self-guided tour was $5.00.

Thank RRichardson
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

We were the only visitors for the duration of our time here. This made it a good experience as we could take our time to look at the displays properly.

The receptionist was very welcoming and explained how to access the 3 different levels housing the items on show. Each of the areas was interesting, in particular the main display of fire engines. It was fascinating to see not only the ways in which fires were fought, but also the ways in which the fire fighters could be alerted.

If you are in the area and have an hour or two to spare, this is well worth a visit.

Thank DorisDiner
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

Lots of local history here. A good place to go alone or for a family. Kids will enjoy seeeing the old fire engines.

Thank Sher C
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