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Fire Museum of Maryland
Based on 12 traveler reviews
Jan 18, 2015 by: JessBO25 from Washington DC, District of Columbia
This museum is a fun find! It's not a fancy place, but has a great array of historical fire engines and other artifacts (hoses, buckets, bells, etc.) and a good amount of text to provide education and background, without overwhelming visitors. It's also interesting in that it addresses history and advancement regarding technology and society. I didn't think I'd find the visit too interesting but was very pleasantly surprised! Visitors could spend a few hours or just an hour, depending on time, interest level and attention span. there is a small gift shop area and a room where kids' parties can be hosted.
Better Than Expected
Dec 09, 2014 by: Marcy D from Columbia, Maryland
I visited this museum in December with my toddler. We planned to go ahead of time, since they are only open on Saturdays. The admission price was $12 for me and $5 for him, which seemed reasonable. There is a small gift shop with some toys, books, shirts, etc. and a "discovery room" for kids where they can suit up in fire fighter coats, boots, and hats. They can also climb on a real fire truck, as well as a wooden model. There were several other fire rescue themed toys around the room, too. My son had a blast! Since it was the holiday season, they also had a lovely model train exhibit with lots of Baltimore favorites depicted. The museum itself had so much more inside than I expected. Lots of trucks, wagons, alarms, etc., with a few video exhibits, as well. Since I was with a little one, I couldn't spend as much time as I would have liked reading and learning about all of the exhibits, but it was still nice to look at for both of us. I will definitely return and recommend this to others!
Sparkle & Shine at Lantern Night
Oct 27, 2014 by: Sabrina R from Baltimore, Maryland
The Fire Museum of Maryland is on York Road in Lutherville. They host several events throughout the year, most of which I've attended. This is the second time I went to Lantern Night. It's always on the Sunday before Halloween from 6 - 8 and you are welcome to attend in costume. There are volunteers there to answer questions and interact with visitors. Photographers are welcome to come with their tripods, which is a good thing. The lights are low and the lanterns on the vintage equipment are lit. Some have candles and some are kerosene lanterns. This makes for some wonderful light on the varnish and brass. Sparkle and shine is what's is about when you can take your time and take long exposure shots. The museum is also a great place to visit on a rainy or cold Saturday throughout the year.
Jul 24, 2014 by: gvazmike from Green Valley, Arizona
Very nice museum. I have visited several fire museums throughout the country and this is one of the best. I would highly recommend visit to this museum. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Much More Than Meets The Eye
Jun 08, 2014 by: Ben_Theretoo406 from Chevy Chase, Maryland
Mrs Too and I dropped into this unheralded museum on a lark and were fascinated by the experience. The smallish building is chock-a-block with firefighting equipment ranging from primitive pumps pulled to the scene of the fire by two people and fed by pouring buckets of water carried brigade fashion into a hopper, to a much more modern American La France tower engine (hook and ladder to most of us). A receptionist collects the five to twelve dollar entrance fee, (check the website for details) and passes visitors to a stand holding a goodly number of those audio devices which will play a comprehensive narrative at each of many designated points along the self-guided tour. These are placed in front of benches convenient for taking a load off of your feet. The visitor moseys past one apparatus after another, some rather plebian, others quite richly emblazoned with formidable names. Housed to the rear of the rolling equipment on display are rooms holding many historical photographs, an engrossing video of the two-day battle against the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, and a working demonstration of alarm telegraph systems from the 1940's through 1980's.. Much of the space is devoted to history a little heavy for youngsters, but there are, as well, features set up specifically to entertain and inform grade school visitors. Irrespective of age, any visitor will find the museum surprisingly interesting and informative. Docents in fire department uniforms take an obvious delight in welcoming, informing, and entertaining visitors, answering any and all questions in a clear, patient, non-condescending manner. They are very proud of the fact that this is the third largest fire fighting museum in the world. You are no more likely to make a habit of returning often than you are to regret you tour even once. A gift shop offers an attractive selection of suitable toys and other memorabilia. As said, the museum is an unheralded attraction located in Lutherville on York Road, just north of the Baltimore Beltway at exit 26B. Parking is a breeze. Lunch is available at several nearby locations. If you are a parent, teacher, or are seriously interested in firemanship, a visit to the museum website is an absolute must.
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