Did Benjamin Franklin really start the first fire company in Philadelphia?

Yes, he did! In 1736, Benjamin Franklin began the Union Fire Company, the first volunteer firefighting company.


Is it true that firefighters would not put out fires unless there was a fire mark on the building?

No, Philadelphia had volunteer fire companies that would put out all fires.


Is there an admission charge to the museum?

No, we do not charge admission, but we do request a donation.


When is the museum open?

The museum is open from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is also open 10:00 am until 9:00 pm on the first Friday of each month. The museum is closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays.


Is there parking close to the museum?

Yes! Reasonable and one block away parking is available at
"Parking at Parkominium", 231 North 2nd & Race Streets,
North of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Just ask one of the staff
to give you a parking validation.


Does the museum have any special accomodations for
disabled visitors?

The museum has an elevator for elderly and disabled visitors.
Please contact the museum staff with any special needs.




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147 N. 2nd Street • Philadelphia, PA 19106 • Phone: (215) 923-1438 • Fax: (215) 923-0479 • Email