History of Fire Museum of Texas
The Fire Museum of Texas first opened in 1984 and has been endorsed by the Texas State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas since 1986 as the official state fire museum. Housed in the 1927 Beaumont Fire Department Headquarters Station, the building was designated as an historic landmark by the Texas Historical Commission in 1984.
On the first floor of the museum, visitors can explore the extensive collection of fire engines and firefighting equipment that dates back to 1856. Walk around the Hand Drawn Tub Pumper from 1856 and the Aerial Ladder Truck from 1909. Don’t miss the 1931 Light Truck that was sent to the New London School Explosion in 1937 and the Texas City Disaster in 1947. Discover the history of the fire service and the development of the fire engine as you move through the exhibits. See the Gamewell Call Box Alarm System that was used before there were telephones!
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a firefighter?
Well, now’s your chance to find out! Dress up in firefighter gear, try on a fire helmet and drive a fire truck to a fire! You get to turn on all the lights and windshield wipers on this simulated cab of a fire truck to find out what it’s really like to be in the driver’s seat of a fire truck. Walk through the room where firefighters slept at night and peek down the pole they would slide down when the alarm went off!