Cincinnati Family Magazine

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May 29, 2024

Photos by Kelsey Kreke

Visit the Cincinnati Fire Museum

Drop what you are doing and roll on over to the Cincinnati Fire Museum!

There is always tons of fun and surprises at the Cincinnati Fire Museum for the kids! And if are in need of an interactive way to teach your family about fire safety- this activity is for you!

Walk through history of firefighting beginning in the 1800s and continuing to present day. Explore the development of uniforms and equipment. Pretend to be a firefighter and slide down the pole! My son’s favorite activity was the front half of a deconstructed fire engine. He turned on the lights and yelled, “Emergency!” over the radio! On display, there was an artifact of the World Trade Center that made me reflect back to that day. Did you know Cincinnati has profound roots in firefighting? The museum used to be Engine Company #45 and later became the Cincinnati Fire Museum! Keep an eye out for exciting future developments, too! 

A few safety tips to remember are to test smoke detectors monthly around the house and replace batteries if needed; create and practice a fire escape plan; stop, drop and roll if clothing catches on fire; crawl low to the ground if there is an active fire.

Plus, don’t miss out on annual holiday events! This weekend marks the annual Cincinnati Fire Museum Santa Rescue taking place at 12 p.m. sharp on Saturday, November 26 – it is free to watch! After the brave rescue performed by a Cincinnati Fire Department ladder truck, come inside to meet Santa and warm up with hot chocolate for the price of museum admission (ages 6 and younger are free.)

Photo by the Cincinnati Fire Museum; Santa Rescue at the fire museum

This hidden gem is located at 315 West Court Street Cincinnati, OH 45202. Admission, $8; seniors 65+,$7; children 6 and younger are free with adult admission. For more information, visit

About the Author

Kelsey Kreke

Kelsey is a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom. She loves hanging out with her son, refurbishing furniture and finding new places to explore in the local area!