About Fire Museum of Maryland
“The mission of the Fire Museum of Maryland is to collect, preserve, display, and interpret historically significant apparatus and related artifacts, memorabilia, and records of the urban fire service in the United States; and to educate the public about the history, people, equipment, and techniques of the fire service and fire prevention and safety.”
The Fire Museum of Maryland is one of the largest fire museums in America. Located in Lutherville, just north of Baltimore City, the Museum is a leading institution in preserving, restoring and interpreting the history of the urban fire service in the U.S.
The Museum, which was founded in 1971, houses a world class collection, comprising more than 40 pieces of firefighting apparatus, dating from 1806 to 1957. The collection also includes over 1,700 smaller 3-dimensional objects, an extensive working telegraph system, and a large archive and library with over 13,000 documents, catalogues, photographs, negatives and books. These objects are used primarily for research or to help tell a more complete story for our exhibits and education programs.
The non-profit 501(c)(3) Fire Museum of Maryland grew from a collection of fire engines, apparatus and fire related materials that had been amassed over more than 40 years by the Stephen G. Heaver family. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has expanded the depth of its collections to become a professionally run institution that is open to the public 4 days a week during the summer, and on weekends during the rest of the year. It is also available year round for both school and adult tour programs.
There are 4 full-time staff, 10 part-time, and numerous volunteers who work on the wheeled apparatus, catalog and research archival materials, as well as photography of the collections and activities at the Museum.