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“Fantastic Collection of Old Firefighting Equipment (and Old Firefighters!)”

San Antonio Fire Museum
Ranked #41 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking
Texas, USA
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7 reviews
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“Fantastic Collection of Old Firefighting Equipment (and Old Firefighters!)”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

San Antonio's big, old Central Fire Station behind the Alamo is now home to a first rate fire museum. The place is full of historical equipment, photographs, restored vehicles, and real retired (unrestored) firefighters. The place is clean and shining. The retired firefighter volunteers are friendly and welcoming. They’re happy to let you wander on your own or give you a free guided tour. They let the kids get on the back of the trucks and even ring the bell or hit the alarm to signal an emergency. The admission “suggested donations” are low ($3-4 if I remember correctly). What a fun place! We will go back for sure!

Visited October 2013
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Branchburg, New Jersey
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“If you're a fireman..paid or volunteer, this is a MUST see!”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Nice place to visit . The staff was very knowledgable and friendly. Every fireman should stop in and support them. Had to drag my fireman husband out of there.

Visited October 2013
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“Great family attraction in Downtown S.A. !”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

We have always seen the old S.A.F.D. Station downtown, but noticed this trip it's now opened as a Fire Museum! This recently opened non-profit museum (former fire station and 2 minute walk from the Alamo) is dedicated to the history of the San Antonio F.D. The volunteers that work there are mostly retired FF's, and are full of great stories and explain the history of how FireFighting and its equipment has changed over the past century. Im a current full time Fire Fighter / Paramedic in Corpus Christi and my wife and kids loved the museum. They even have a gift shop. When you visit, please donate. They are a non-profit organization and run on donations.

Visited September 2013
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Mesa
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21 reviews
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“Great museum”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

The San Antonio Fire Museum is small gem in a big city. We were very impressed with the quality of their displays. The staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Shows good examples of the equipment used in firefighting in the early years. Also pictures and articles about the firefighters. Nice "hands on" display for children. Very conveniently located just behind the Alamo.

Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Fire Museum San Antonio”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Great place to visit, historic building, fire trucks & gear. Men and women worked/lived at this station for many years, some gave their life to save others. Museum staffed by real firefighters.
Too bad the walls can't talk !

Visited July 2013
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