The Fire Museum of Texas is located at 400 Walnut in downtown Beaumont in the historic Central Fire Station. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Museum is self-guided however, guided tours are available by appointment. The Museum is available for private parties and children’s birthdays. Rental fees apply and availability is limited. For more information call 409-880-3927. Admission is FREE, donations are encouraged. The website is www.firemuseumoftexas.com
Endorsed by the Texas State Firemen and Fire Marshal's Association as the official FireMuseum of the State, the museum is home to an exciting collection of horse-drawn and motorized fire equipment dating from 1856 to present. Recorded histories of fire department from across Texas are displayed within this Texas historic landmark “Central” fire station built in 1927. Leather buckets and lanterns used by firefighters of yesteryear, exhibits of antique fire extinguishers, badges and record books will bring you back to the turn of the century. The brass fire poles which were used for quick response to Beaumont’s fires are still intact along with historic photographs and artifacts from days gone by.
The Fire House dormitory has been preserved to show life in the Fire Station and doubles as a theater for children to view educational videos.
The 1880’s Gamewell Alarm System used by the Houston Fire Department and the Beaumont Fire Department still dazzles visitors with bells and lights when activated to signal an incoming alarm! Used as a back up until the 1970's the Gamewell system led us to telephone switchboards, cell phones and the current use of 911.
Not only does the museum capture the nostalgic atmosphere of fire fighting, it is a haven for children and families. Recently recognized as one of “Texas' Best Free Places” for families to visit, the museum guarantees a great experience. Exhibits entertain as well as provide visitors with a fun and active way to learn about fire safety.
The museum offers the nation’s first “FireSafetyActivityCenter”. The center uses "Learn-By-Doing" activity stations to teach 30 fire and home safety facts to children. Included in the Center are a miniature house, child-sized Smokey Bear, toy fire engines and bunker gear for children. The highlight of the FireMuseum for the young and old is the experience of driving a simulated fire engine cab complete with “all the bells and whistles” and a home escape drill from the miniature house.
The Fire Museum of Texas is a favored destination for school tours and offers and educational trunk program for all ages. Visitors won’t want to miss the photo opportunities offered in the nostalgic atmosphere inside the museum and outside near the 24’ Spotted Fire Hydrant, donated by Walt Disney on the C.A.“Pete”SheltonMemorialPlaza. The Plaza includes a 30’x40’ pavilion/bandstand, the State of Texas Firefighter Memorial and a 9-11 Memorial.
The Fire Museum operates under the direction of the City of Beaumont and a 501(c)3 non-profit advisory Board. Ted Hillin is the President of the Museum Board of Director. For quotes or additonal information please contact Fire Chief Anne Huff, Beaumont Fire & Rescue or Ami Kamara, Museum Manager at 409-880-3927.