Travel reviews by
Fire Museum of Maryland
Based on 8 traveler reviews
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.
Fire Fun the for family
Apr 16, 2014 by: Kbribow from Baltimore, Maryland
This musuem is great for kids and adults. If you are a history buff, they have all the details you could want. If the kids there are so many cool fire trucks and equipement, plus a kids room where they can climb on an old fire truck.
A charming museum in Luthrville
Jul 29, 2013 by: Maria P from Lutherville, Maryland
This is a small museum that is great for younger kids. They can dress up like firemen, see the old trains and the room with old alarms. Doesn't take long to see it all, but definatey worth a visit.
Mar 25, 2013 by: Matt S from Brighton, Michigan
Excellent place to visit! A huge amount (approx. 40 pieces) of vintage fire apparatus from the late 1700s through the 1970s, excellent history, and a very knowledeable staff. A can't miss if you're in the area!
quick tourist fun
Nov 03, 2012 by: k b from Towson, Maryland
fire museum is for the historic buffs! Only takes about an hour or two, depending on how fast you read, but great spot for the family, particularly those with firefighters interest!
Read more reviews on the TripAdvisor page for this attraction.