About Us

The Fire Services Museum of Victoria's purpose and main aim is to collect, preserve, display and interpret items pertaining to the history, concept of fire fighting and fire safety in Victorta.


Open Hours

Open to the public,
Thursdays and Fridays 9am to 3pm,
and Sundays 10am to 4pm.
Groups and schools at other days
and times by arrangement.

Admission Fees

Please contact the Museum to enquire about our admission prices by
either calling us on our opening days on (03) 9662 2907 or via e-mail at fsmvic@tpg.com.au



The Fire Services Museum of Victoria Inc. will not recognise pricing rates other than as detailed on

a) as advertised at the Museum Entry
b) on current advertising controlled by the Museum.

All pricing at the Museum is subject to change without notice. We have no control over other sites or advertising which may list our pricing incorrectly. When advised of incorrect or old pricing we will contact those concerned.

We are not-for-profit organisation and as a service to our visitors we endeqavour keep our entry prices as low as possible. Admission fees and donations are used to update and maintain the Museum, displays and vehicles/equipment."


Museum

Located in the old head office of the Melbourne Fire Brigade, the award winning Fire Services Museum Victoria, was opened in 1979 to provide a home and focus for the history of fire fighting services in the Victoria. The Museum includes a collection of over 10,000 fire related items collected both nationally and internationally and including Country Fire Authority, and Metropolitan Fire Brigade, fire appliances, personnel histories, memorabilia and associated items.

Museum Personnel

Most of the Museum Personnel are retired fire fighters and can offer a lively story or two about their craft and it's history. The Museum is a not for profit organisation and all personnel are volunteers. If you are interested in helpiung our please have a look at our membership page

The Award Winning Museum offers:

  • Australia's largest collection of fire brigade memorabilia including a year round display of vintage fire vehicles and other appliances, helmets, 18th century uniforms, badges, models, and much more
  • over 10,000 fire related items collected both nationally and internationally
  • historical photos of firefighters and fires of the past
  • a shop with fire fighting memorabilia for young and old
  • fire fighting demonstrations on several days throughout the year (bookings required)




Location

The Fire Services Museum Victoria has two locations. The main Museum Display Area is conveniently located in 39 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. The Restoration Workshops are located in Newport and are open to the public by appointment.



Photo - B. McCumisky Private Collection








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School and/or Group Visits


“Bookings for group tours of the Museum and Newport Workshops can be arranged during and outside normal operating hours by making a booking with the Bookings Officer on (03) 9662 2907 or 0418 129 252. We ask that you try and book at least two – three weeks in advance to ensure we can have museum members available for your group.

The museum and museum vehicles can also be booked for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and promotional events, etc by simply contacting the Bookings Officer on the above details. ” Please Note: The Museum cannot provide Childrens rides.



Photo - B. McCumisky Private Collection

Museum Shop


The souvenir shop at the Fire Services Museum Victoria stocks a range of fire history related items for children and adults.

A range of mini fire trucks, fire safety CDs, fire hats, tee shirts and other items just for kids. Reproductions of the historical Insurance Marks, fire patches, traditional helmets and other history related items are available for bigger kids !!

Please note, the shop currently does not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities.

Restoration Workshops

For fire fighting appliance enthusiasts, the Fire Vehicle and Appliance Restoration Workshops are located in Newport. The restoration team (all volunteers) at Newport welcome visitors by arrangement. All vehicles are restored to near as original as possible, bearing in mind that many "unique" modifications where made to vehicles and appliances in Fire Brigade workshops, by Firemen Engineers, as and when required. Volunteers and visitors are welcome.

Phone the Museum for bookings (03) 9662 2907


Photo - Fire Services Museum Collection
Family History

The Museum has many photos and some early fire personnel records. Family history enquiries should be directed to the Curator (see details bottom of page), written requests preferred, by post, fax or email. A search fee of $22 inc. gst is requested to help cover costs.

Why not contact the Museum and Share the story of your family fire fighter, your local brigade and/or a famous fire station family on our feature webpage, email us at fsmvic@tpg.com.au


Last Update: Sunday 24th September 2017