Visitor’s Review: A+
When I visited this area of Downtown Winnipeg on December 30, 2012, there were three buildings that were of interest to me: the Circle of Life Thunderbird House of the Native, a fire hall, and an old Canadian Pacific Railway Station.
When visiting the fire hall, my original plan was to just take photos of the building from outside. I spent quite a few mintues there taking photos of the fire hall in every possible angle. :D All of a sudden, a senior opened the front door of the fire hall and invited me to come in. Then I realized the fire hall is actually a museum!!! I was very impressed by the huge amount of fire trucks, historical equipment, archives, etc from early 1900’s to modern age. The musuem has two stories. I was the first visitor of the day and spent quite a few mintues inside taking photos everywhere at my own leisure and pace. :D
At the end of my visit, I decided to sign the guestbook. To my surprise, the last visitor signed in November. Shouldn’t there be more because of its comprehensive collection?!?! ò.ó I thought perhaps it was winter time, so not many people visited this museum. Later on, I found out visitors have to phone ahead of time to arrange a visit. I guess I went there at the right time! :-) Someone was working there even on December 30!! How fortunate for me!!!
I highly recommend this museum to all who visit Winnipeg. You don’t wanna miss it. You can spend hours there if you’re into firefighting topic. Three thumbs up if I can! 👍 👍 👍
The Fire Fighters Museum is a museum devoted to firefighter heritage in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The fire hall located at 56 Maple Street was built in 1904 (architect: A.R. and W.N. Melville) and was an active fire station until 1990, after which the building became a museum. The museum houses an extensive collection of vintage fire apparatus, fire trucks, artifacts, pictures and information about the history of fire fighting in the city of Winnipeg and its suburbs.
The Museum is operated primarily by retired, as well as present Winnipeg firefighters. The museum is devoted to firefighter heritage. It is not open regular hours so those who plan on visiting are required to phone and arrange a time to visit.
Monument: The Arrival of the Selkirk Settlers
Near here in 1812, an advance party of 18 men under Captain Miles Macdonnell established the first British settlement west of the Great Lakes. Sponsored by the Earl of Selkirk and the Hudson’s Bay Company, they constructed buildings, prepared fields, and planted crops for the men, women, and children who would begin arriving a few years later. Although far from the nearest source of supplies, the settlers persevered in the face of harsh winters, spring floods, crop failures, and conflicts between rival groups of fur traders. The settlement overcame these and other obstacles to become a thriving and vibrant community.
Historic Photos of Fire Fighters Museum
A collection of historic pictures of Winnipeg Fire Hall Number Two (Three) can be viewed at University of Manitoba Architecture/Fine Arts Library.
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Winnipeg Fire Fighters Museum is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map. Museum address: 56 Maple Street, Winnipeg.
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