What’s better than finding something that will entertain the kids this summer? Finding something that is free and will entertain the kids! It’s pretty cool for adults, too. The Marietta Fire Museum, near Marietta Square, is part of fire station #1. Even though we looked around on our own, a couple of on-duty firefighters asked us if we had any questions and gave my son a helmet. They also provide tours.
It’s not a huge museum, but it’s still two floors of memorabilia sure to please any fire department enthusiast. Check out the antique hoses, helmets and other apparatus. My son was partial to the old trucks on display — an 1879 Silsby Steamer, 1921 American LaFrance pumper, 1929 Seagraves pumper, 1949 Pirsch ladder truck and 1952 Chevrolet rescue truck.
Being a few blocks from the square, parking isn’t ideal. There are parking decks (free at night and on weekends), but it is possible to scout out parking on the street. We thought we might have to park closer to the square and walk, but ended up finding a lot without parking restrictions (at least as far as we could tell) by the courthouse and went in the front door, right by the fire truck bays.
There is also this tip from Expedition Mom who posted about her visit in 2012: “Park in the lot behind the fire station. You will have to take a ticket to enter; keep this ticket with you. The fire station can validate it for you so that parking is free – without doing that, parking is $20 (gulp). From the parking lot, you will enter into the building on the bottom floor. There is a museum door there, but even if it is unlocked, take the elevator up a floor to the fire station. There is another door to the museum on this floor. If they are locked, you can ask a firefighter to open it for you. You can also ask for the parking validation. But, even if you are the shy type, asking for a firefighter to give you a tour of the museum will greatly increase your experience.”
They are open Monday through Friday from 8-5. Weekends are by appointment.
112 Haynes St. Marietta, GA 30060