Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Learn all about fire fighting at the official FDNY museum, located in a renovated 1904 firehouse.
* Two floors trace the development of firefighting in New York from the early bucket brigades to the present day. See objects that document the history of the volunteer and paid departments, from painted leather buckets to early motorized apparatus.
* See a horse-drawn ladder wagon, early rescue gear and breathing equipment, alarm boxes from various eras, and motorized vehicles, such as a 1921 American La France engine, all of which give a sense of what firefighting was like at different times in the city’s paid department era.
* Tools and clothing used by modern firefighters are also on display (plus some bunker gear and helmets in adult and kid sizes to try on). The transition from turnout coats to all-encompassing bunker gear is shown on a series of mannequins.
* “Firefighting on Parade” features striking examples of elaborate hand-drawn and hand-pumped engines, including a piano box style engine, a goose neck pumper, and a double-decker Philadelphia style engine.
* Learn life-saving lessons about fire prevention, home fire safety devices, fire risks in the home, and how to escape a fire in the interactive Fire Safety Learning Center. Note that touching artifacts is not allowed in the rest of the museum.
* A separate memorial exhibit honors the 343 members of FDNY-EMS who made the supreme sacrifice on September 11, 2001.
* Retired firefighter docents are available during the morning and early afternoon to answer questions and provide colorful and personal insight into the FNYD.
* Strollers allowed, with elevator access to second floor and third floor bathrooms.
🛍 The museum gift shop sells a large variety of FDNY memorabilia and museum exclusive items.
Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors.
Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms, plus play with a three-story slide, hula hoops, a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms and more interactive…More info
For three Saturdays, nearly seven miles of NYC streets between Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park are car-free so all ages can play, run, walk and bike along Park Avenue and its connecting streets between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem.
Lots of cool activities at the rest stops along the way including art projects, performances,…More info