|The Fire Museum of Texas opened in 1986 and is endorsed by the Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas as, “The Official Fire Museum of Texas”. Operating as a 501 (c)(3) the Museum is managed by a Board of Directors through a partnership with the City of Beaumont. The Museum is recognized as one of Texas’s Best FREE places for individuals, groups and families to visit.
Dedicated to the preservation and education of the rich history of the fire fighting service, fire prevention education and fire safety, the Museum is housed in a working historic 1927 Central Fire Station.
The two story building recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark is an unusual style of Renaissance Revival architecture. The masonry eagle above the first floor bays and the colored tiles compliment the masonry cornice.
Located in downtown Beaumont the museum is within walking distance of multiple museums, restaurants and ten significant sites on the National Register of Historical Places. Just two blocks from the Crocket Street Entertainment District the Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view vintage fire engines and equipment and memorabilia dating back to the late 1600’s.
Visitors won’t want to miss the 1909 Aerial ladder truck, the 1856 Howe Hand Drawn Pumper, the 1931 Light Truck used for search and rescue in the 1937 New London School Explosion and the Gamewell Call Box Alarm System used before there were telephones. Children will love the two-story interactive miniature house designed to practice fire escape plans and the opportunity to dress up and sit behind the wheel of a real fire engine.
The operating hours are Monday- Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. After hour tours and facility rental for private functions are available by calling 409-880-3927.