What You'll Get
Like boxers, firemen defeat their hot-blooded opponents with a combination of strategy, intricate footwork, and punches to the face. Knock yourself out with history with today's Groupon to the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati on West Court Street. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6–17, with children 5 and younger admitted free. Choose between two options:
- For $3, you get a general-admission ticket (up to a $7 value).
- For $20, you get a two-alarm family membership for one year (a $40 value).
Housed in the former Engine Company No. 45 Firehouse, the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati celebrates local firefighting lore with an extensive artifact collection. Peruse items such as a giant fire-alarm drum dating back to the early nineteenth century, used to notify the community of fires and provide beats for town-square rap battles. To celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary, recent acquisitions from the Cigna collection (courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution) preen and strut for patrons’ pleasure. Single-day admission allows visitors to briefly bask in the exhibits’ warmth, but a two-alarm one-year family membership provides free family admission, a 10% discount at the gift store and for museum rental, and invitations to special events, programs, and marshmallow-toasting symposiums. Special membership rates apply for firefighters.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. imit 1 per visit. Must activate membership by 3/24/12, membership expires 1 year from activation. Not valid for resale. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cincinnati Fire Museum
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.