The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Education Center, established in 2007, is conveniently located minutes from Charleston International Airport and adjacent to Tanger Outlet Mall. The Fire Museum blends history and hands-on education into one remarkable experience for the entire family, all in one unforgettable destination.
The museum’s appeal is immediately evident upon entering the facility’s parking lot and seeing the four 15 foot, ¾ ton, functional mahogany bay doors. As guests enter the massive museum lobby, constructed to resemble a classic fire house with 20 foot ceilings, a sense of reverence for tradition, heritage and history abounds. The splendor continues throughout and can be seen in even the smallest detail of each exhibit, from hand laid 24K gold leaf scroll on fire apparatus, to the home fire prevention theater complete with live smoke.
The museum’s collection of over 20 fully restored fire vehicles and priceless antique firefighting artifacts allow guests the opportunity to learn the importance of fire prevention and safety and witness the advancements in the fire service over centuries. Guests of all ages will love the museum’s interactive exhibits, hands-on equipment, play area with functioning fire pole, and the museum’s new fully immersive theater experience.
From centuries-old fire trucks to a truly unique event rental facility, the Fire Museum offers activities for everyone to enjoy. To begin planning your visit, group tour, meeting, event or to learn more, please visit, www.northcharlestonfiremuseum.org.