Like dragon slayers of yore, modern firefighters battle flames, wear helmets, and win the hand of a princess at the end of every successful mission. Fire up your imagination with today’s Groupon to the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati. Choose from the following options:
- For $8, you get admission for two adults (a $16 value).
- For $15, you get admission for four adults (a $32 value).
- For $20, you get a Two-Alarm membership for an individual or family (a $40 value).
Museum admission is $7 for seniors and $5 for children aged 7–17, with children 6 or younger admitted free.
Housed in a former firehouse, the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati—seen on Fox19.com and 365 Things to do in Cincinnati—brings the history of firefighting to life with an artifact collection and interactive fire-safety exhibits. Visitors investigate a Thomas Tucker leather fire bucket from 1850 and an early 19th-century fire-alarm drum, which once warned of fire from the roof of a carpenter shop and was later used to provide rhythm during disco infernos. In the Safe House exhibit, families diagram their homes and create personalized emergency plans while learning tips about fire prevention, such as keeping matches away from a home’s gasoline room.
A Two-Alarm membership lets an individual or a family enjoy free admission to the museum for a year and grants 10% off at the gift shop, where patrons can snag books, toys, shirts emblazoned with a fire helmet, and talking dalmatians. Members also receive invitations to the museum’s special events and programs, such as an EMS night and a chili fest.
Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati
The firefighters of Engine Company #45 Firehouse extinguished their last blaze in 1962 after 56 years of fearless public service. Although the team dissipated, the elegant, 1906 firehouse—with Renaissance Revival details and three doors wide enough to accommodate horse-drawn fire engines—remained, languishing as a city storehouse until 1980, when the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati moved in. The building was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and filled with special exhibits. It was also filled with antique firefighting gear that is in excellent condition in spite of years of smoke inhalation.
The collection reveals early 19th-century firefighting tactics with an alarm drum that once warned of fire from the roof of a carpenter shop and was later used to provide rhythm during disco infernos. In the Safe House exhibit, families diagram their homes and create personalized emergency plans while learning tips about fire prevention.