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Well worth a visit if you are a firefighting buff

This is a terrific little museum located in a late 1800s firehouse that was built after Portland's... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Portland, Maine
A July 4th Event

A curator, a former Portland fireman, gave a historic tour of Portland's 4 great fires and its... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2016
Portland, Maine
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Jul 25, 2016
“Well worth a visit if you are a firefighting buff”
Jul 7, 2016
“A July 4th Event”
Learn how a Maine community has fought fires over the past century through a vast collection of memorabilia and exhibits including 19th-century water pumps and original horse stalls.
157 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101-3828
+1 207-772-2040
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a terrific little museum located in a late 1800s firehouse that was built after Portland's Great Fire of July 4, 1866. That fire was the largest fire in the history of the United States up to that time. The museum filled to the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank pwdt
Reviewed 7 July 2016

A curator, a former Portland fireman, gave a historic tour of Portland's 4 great fires and its 19th-20th century history of firefighting. Relics, pictures and a 1912 silent movie are there. There's memorabilia to purchase at the entrance. The tour started with the first conflagration...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank anthonyfrazer
Reviewed 24 June 2015 via mobile

We drove to Portland to visit the museum, but as other reviews mention it was closed. The website does not do a good job of showing hours. Maybe we will try again next time we are in the area. We thought our 3 1/2 year...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank JSalvas
Reviewed 5 March 2015 via mobile

This little museum is not very well known...or advertised, but it is very special. It is a two-story former (very old) firehouse...it is small, but it is packed with wonderful historical items from the Portland Fire Department's brave history. Go online or call to check...More

1  Thank BeeMelissa
Reviewed 13 October 2014

We had a brochure from the museum that noted it was open when ships were in port. Walked to the edge of town to find it. The door was open but no one around? A worker came in from a side room and said we...More

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank Craig W
Reviewed 23 September 2013

We had a brochure from the visitor information station on the ship dock that said the museum was open until 4:00. We organized our day to include a visit to the museum. We took pubic transportation to get there and arrived at 3:00ish only to...More

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank Ron H
Reviewed 26 July 2012

The Museum has some very old fire trucks. The Museum use to be a fire house with horse drawn equipment. If you are enterested in the fire service you will enjoy the Museum.

Date of experience: July 2012
4  Thank richardderose
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