The Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, located in downtown Indy’s Mass Ave neighborhood, is a small museum –- a quick stop will take around 30 minutes. However, the history and artifacts in this historical museum will delight and educate firefighter lovers of all ages.
History of the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum
In 1995, the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum opened in old Station 2 on Massachusetts Avenue. Built in the 1870s, the station is the oldest standing fire station in Indianapolis.
Guests are encouraged to visit to learn more about firefighter history, take a guided tour led by retired firefighters, or walk through the museum on their own.
At the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, visitors can see the evolution of firefighting with examples of firefighter clothing, trucks, medical and office supplies from the past, all the way through items from today. Guests can see nearly all the firefighter badges throughout the decades, along with hands-on experiences, such as trying on a fireman’s coat to peeking down the second-floor pole.
Hundreds of photographs, newspaper clippings, and other documents are displayed at the Indianapolis Firefighter Museum, chronicling crews from across Indianapolis. In 2009, Indianapolis University Purdue University (IUPUI) library began digitizing all the archives for an online collection, so that people all around Indianapolis and the world can share in the history of Indy’s firefighters.
Trucks and Transportation
Perhaps the most interesting items on display at the museum are the original fire trucks, some of which were built right here in Indianapolis. Visitors can see the 1955 Maxim engine, a 1941 engine reportedly built by hand in a Fountain Square repair shop and a 2920 Stutz chassis. Children can learn about the early days when firefighters carried buckets of water, or used horse and carriage, to transport their supplies, and understand how the process has dramatically changed over the course of 100 years.
Fallen Firefighters Memorial
The Fallen Firefighters Memorial is also located on the museum property, paying honor and recognition for those Indianapolis firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. See the names, date and rank of each fire fighter who paid the ultimate price for the community’s safety.
The Indianapolis Firefighters Museum is located at 748 Massachusetts Ave. in Indianapolis. For more information, visit the museum’s Facebook page.