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: for $3, you get a general-admission ticket 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.
Housed in the former Engine Company No. 45 Firehouse, the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati celebrates local firefighting lore with an extensive artifact collection. Celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary by perusing items such as a giant fire-alarm drum dating back to the early 19th century, used to notify the community of fires and provide beats for town-square rap battles or the Thomas Tucker leather fire bucket from 1850. Kids that can’t seem to keep their mitts off delicate antique hydrants can safely explore the hands-on Safe House exhibit, which touches on the dangers of a house fire along with practical prevention and planning tips.
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.