Museum FAQs

Important Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s are organized by section links. Click on a section to read the answers and related information pertaining to that topic.

How do I get to the Museum?


The Museum is located on 278 Spring Street between Varick and Hudson Streets. BY SUBWAY: C or E train to Spring Street. Walk 1 1/2 blocks west.OR1 train to Houston Street. Walk south 4 blocks on Varick Street to Spring Street and west 1/2 block. BY BUS: M10 (7th and 8th Avenue routes) or M21 (Hudson Street cross-town route). Take either to Spring Street. BY CAR: From North: Take Varick St (7th Avenue) south to Houston St; make a right on Houston, left on Washington St, left on Spring St. From West Street/Hudson River Greenway: Traveling south, make a left on Clarkson St, right on Washington St, left on Spring St. From Brooklyn Bridge: Take Centre St N exit on left towards Chambers St, right at Centre St, left at Canal St, right at Hudson St, right at Spring From FDR: take Houston St exit head across to Washington St, left on Washington St, left on Spring. From FDR: Take Houston St exit head across to Washington St, left on Washington St, left on Spring.





Planning Your Visit

When is the Museum open?


The Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM. We are closed major holidays.




How much is admission to the Museum?


Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for firefighters, students, seniors, AAA members (with ID) and $5 for children 3 and older.




When is the Museum gift shop open?


The Museum gift shop offers a large variety of FDNY memorabilia and Museum exclusive items. The gift shop is open during museum hours. If you can't make it to our on-site shop, please visit our online store.




Can I come to the Museum just to visit the gift shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission charge?


Visiting the gift shop is free of charge, but it does not grant the visitor access to the rest of the Museum.




Can I visit the museum myself, without scheduling a tour?


Yes, the Museum is open to all visitors and is self-guided. Our retired Volunteer Firefighter docents are available during morning and early afternoon hours to answer questions and provide a personal and colorful insight into the FDNY.





Hours and Admission​

When is the Museum open?


The Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM. We are closed major holidays.




How much is admission to the Museum?


Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for firefighters, students, seniors, AAA members (with ID) and $5 for children 3 and older.




When is the Museum gift shop open?


The Museum gift shop offers a large variety of FDNY memorabilia and Museum exclusive items. The gift shop is open during museum hours. If you can't make it to our on-site shop, please visit our online store.




Can I come to the Museum just to visit the gift shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission charge?


Visiting the gift shop is free of charge, but it does not grant the visitor access to the rest of the Museum.




Can I visit the museum myself, without scheduling a tour?


Yes, the Museum is open to all visitors and is self-guided. Our retired Volunteer Firefighter docents are available during morning and early afternoon hours to answer questions and provide a personal and colorful insight into the FDNY.





In and Around the Museum

How do I arrange a visit for a school group or group of adults?


All groups wishing to have a guided tour must make advance reservations. Reservations are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly. Please make your reservation as early as possible. To make a reservation today, click on Tickets > Fire Safety & History Tour and follow the prompt or please call our Housewatch Desk at (212) 691-1303 x14.




Do you offer tours in any languages other than English? Are there tours in Sign Language?


Presently the Museum does not have any scheduled tours for our visitors who speak different languages or have hearing impairments. We hope to initiate this service in the near future.





Visiting As a Group

How do I get to the Museum?


The Museum is located on 278 Spring Street between Varick and Hudson Streets. BY SUBWAY: C or E train to Spring Street. Walk 1 1/2 blocks west.OR1 train to Houston Street. Walk south 4 blocks on Varick Street to Spring Street and west 1/2 block. BY BUS: M10 (7th and 8th Avenue routes) or M21 (Hudson Street cross-town route). Take either to Spring Street. BY CAR: From North: Take Varick St (7th Avenue) south to Houston St; make a right on Houston, left on Washington St, left on Spring St. From West Street/Hudson River Greenway: Traveling south, make a left on Clarkson St, right on Washington St, left on Spring St. From Brooklyn Bridge: Take Centre St N exit on left towards Chambers St, right at Centre St, left at Canal St, right at Hudson St, right at Spring From FDR: take Houston St exit head across to Washington St, left on Washington St, left on Spring. From FDR: Take Houston St exit head across to Washington St, left on Washington St, left on Spring.





About the Museum

How do I become a Member?


To become a Member: join online; complete an application form and mail it along with your dues to the Membership department; stop by the Museum and join on-site; or, call (212) 691-1303 during regular Museum hours.




What are the benefits of becoming a member?


Benefits vary depending on the level of Membership. See a complete list of Membership benefits.




How do I make a donation to the Museum?


You may make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online; by calling (212) 691-1303 and using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card; or, by mailing a check made payable to the NYC Fire Museum.




I am a current Member and/or donor. How can I change my name and/or address and continue to receive mail from the Museum?


Provide your name and/or address to the Museum by phone (212) 691-1303, fax (212) 352-3117, or by sending an email to director@nycfiremuseum.org.




Can I give a Membership as a gift?


Absolutely! A membership to the Museum makes any occasion special. Memberships make great birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, or holiday gifts for family, friends, and/or business associates. Gift memberships are available online, by calling the gift shop at (212) 691-1303 or completing an application form and faxing it to (212) 352-3117. Gift memberships can also be purchased in person at the Fire Museum Gift Shop.




Can I make a contribution in honor or in memory of someone?


Yes. Your gift, in any amount, to honor someone special will be acknowledged with a certificate informing the person of your thoughtfulness. Gifts made commemorating the life of loved ones will be acknowledged with a certificate to the family.




Does the Museum make charitable donations to other organizations?


Yes, the museum donates an admission pass suitable for two adults and two children. Donations are made to non-profits based in NYC only. Donation requests must be submitted via email to aborger@nycfiremuseum.org.





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New York City Fire Museum
278 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 691-1303  Fax: (212) 352-3117

Open 7 days a week, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Closed on major holidays

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