Beaumont plays home to Texas fire museum
Volume 25 Summer
Endorsed by the Texas State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association as the official Fire Museum of Texas, the Fire Museum is home to an exciting collection of antique horse-drawn and motorized equipment dating from 1856 to 1955. Recorded histories of fire departments from across Texas are displayed within the Central Fire Station built in 1927.
Leather buckets and lanterns used by firefighters of yesteryear, exhibits of antique fire extinguishers, badges and record books take visitors back to the turn of the century. The brass fire poles used for quick response to fires are still in tact along with historic photographs from days gone by.
The early 1900 Gamewell Alarm System that was 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!
Not only does the museum capture the nostalgic atmosphere of fire fighting, the museum offers hands-on exhibits that entertain as well as provide visitors with a fun and active way to learn about fire safety and fire prevention. The Children’s Activity Center uses Learn-By-Doing activity stations to teach 30 fire and home safety facts to children. Included in the center are Smoky Bear, toy fire engines, a 9-1-1 simulator, an interactive computer where children can meet Firefighter Bill and a video/reading room. The miniature house offers an opportunity to practice home exit skills with children. Another highlight of the Fire Museum for the young and old is the experience of dressing in turnout gear and driving a simulated fire engine cab.
The Fire Museum is located at 400 Walnut Street in downtown Beaumont. Voted one of Texas’ Best Free places for families to visit, the museum is open Monday – Friday from 8 am until 4:30 p.m. After hour visits and guided tours are available by appointment. For additional information call (409) 880-3927 or visit www.firemuseumoftexas.org. Donations are welcome.