Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Where-To-Go-Wednesday - New York City Fire Museum


What: New York City Fire Museum

Where:  278 Spring Street
             New York, New York

Who: All ages

Our view: The New York City Fire Museum is a lot more fun and interesting than you would think it would be even if you are not particularly interested in firemen or trucks. Anyone is particularly interested trucks will especially love the museum because there a number of different fire trucks from different periods of times. While kids will probably be disappointed that climbing is not permitted on any of the fire trucks on exhibit, there are still plenty of fun things for them to do. They can try on a firemen's hat and coat. They can learn how to spray a fire hose and pretend to spray. They can hold a pretend fire axe. They can ring various fire bells some of which are especially loud. They can see a cartoon movie on fire safety featuring Sparky the fire dog. For adults (and maybe children too if they are interested) in addition to the fire trucks, there are fire helmets from various times and places as well as medals and other things. There is also an exhibit that deals with 911 but that area is set off  from the rest of the museum so you don't have to see it if it will upset you or your children.  It is really very tastefully done anyway and is not overly morbid or scary. Overall, even though there is a lot on display in the museum, it is not that big and does not take that long to go through unless you intend to linger for a long amount of time over every item. Therefore, it is a good thing to do if you are in the vicinity and don't necessarily have a lot of time. It is also a good choice if you don't want to spend a lot of money because the cost is only $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 2-12, seniors, and students (with valid ID). Children under 2 are free. If you live in the vicinity and your child is particularly interested in cars and trucks and/or firemen, the museum might be a unique birthday party idea since they do host parties.   For more information about birthday parties or about the museum in general go to http://www.nycfiremuseum.org/.
And that's our view. We will also be talking more about the New York City Fire Museum in tomorrow's Talking Topics post.

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