If you have a family with children who love fire trucks and the idea of growing up to be a firefighter, they are sure to love the Fire Museum of Maryland. The museum is located in the town of Lutherville, a fifteen minute ride from downtown Baltimore. The museum opened in 1971 and has grown to feature a wide variety of firefighting artifacts that are entertaining and educational. It is a private, non-profit organization and is partially funded in part by a grant from the Baltimore County Commissin on Arts and Sciences. The museum feature displays from 1806 through 1957.
The museum features more than fifty firefighting rigs on dispay, as well as a working fire alarm telegraph system. There are badges and uniforms available for viewing, which the kids are sure to enjoy. A popular feature of the museum is the Baltimore hi-pressure pumping station. There is also a lot of educational material regarding The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. For those concerned there little ones are just a bit too interested in firefighting, there are fire safety and prevention tips that still come in handy in present day. The museum hosts a vareity of events throughout the year including the Steam Show Antique Care Show, Lantern Night, which is a Halloween event, and the popular Holiday Train Garden. Kids young and old will delight in the Christmas village surrounded by an electric train.
The schedule for the museum varies throughout the year, but they are always open on Saturdays, unless a holiday falls on that day. Admission for adults is $10, seniors and firefighters can get in for $8, and kids 2 - 18 are $5. This is an affordable, educational trip the entire family can enjoy. Memberships are available to the museum and offer a discounted rate. The museum also welcomes field trips from area schools, as well as offering a variety of research materials. Those studying the history of firefighting, or local fire-related events will be thrilled to learn about the educational materials available at the museum.
Junior firefighting enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn the museum hosts birthday parties. Families can choose between morning and afternoon parties, and receive a discount if they are members of the museum. Imagine entertaining your guests in the midst of vintage fire engines and a variety of other firefighting memorabilia. Special party add-ons are available for an additional charge. They include exciting things like plastic firefighter party hats, a party pack for eight guests, a fire engine ride during the party, a tour of the museum, or, best of all, a visit from a real life firefighter.
The museum is conviently located in the neighbhorhood of Lutherville which is full of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. It is about a half hour from BWI airport and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. The museum makes for a great day trip, especially on a rainy day, or during the cold winter months when children are unable to play outside. If you know children who are enthusiastic about fire engines and firefighters, head out to the Fire Museum of Maryland.