Welcome to the Cincinnati Fire Museum

  • Call us: 513.621.5553
  • E-mail us : info@cincyfiremuseum.org
  • Call us: 513.621.5553
  • Mail US : info@cincyfiremuseum.org
  • 315 West Court Street,
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

  • Tues - Sat 10AM - 4PM
    Closed Sunday & Monday

Our Collection

The Building


In 1906, the building that now houses the Cincinnati Fire Museum was home to Engine Company 45. The area around Engine 45 was densely populated and filled with large warehouses. As residents and buildings moved out of the area the need for fire protection shifted. In 1962, Engine Company 45 was decommissioned and the city began using the building for storage. In 1974, the building was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. Finally, the Court Street Fire Station was given new life when the Cincinnati Fire Museum took over the building.


The Court Street Fire Station was designed by Cincinnati architect Harry Hake. Hake designed many buildings for the Cincinnati Fire and Police Departments. The building featured a Renaissance Revival style with symmetrical design elements such as cornices, dentils, half columns, and stone bands. Two distinct facades make the fire station unique among other area fire stations.


Other notable buildings designed by Harry Hake include the Queen City Club and the Cincinnati Bell Building.

There’s So Much More History to Share


To see all of this in person, plan a visit to the Cincinnati Fire Museum today. We can’t wait to teach you even more about the history of firefighting!

The Artifacts


The Cincinnati Fire Museum opened to the public in 1980. Since then, people have come from all over the world to learn about the proud history of firefighting in our country.


The artifact collection is a big reason crowds gather at the Cincinnati Fire Museum. It contains unique items that help outline the evolution of firefighting in Cincinnati and across the country.


Highlights from this artifact collection include:
• Leather Fire Buckets
• Volunteer Era Parade Helmets and
• The 1808 Fire Alarm Drum
• The 1816 Hunneman Fire Engine
• The Aurora, an 1884 Ahrens Fox Steam Fire Engine
• Cincinnati Fire Department Engine 13, a 1917 Ahrens Fox Piston Pumper
• The 1958 Northern Hills Fire Engine, The last Ahrens Fox pumper produced