Street Address
1301 York Rd
Lutherville, MD 21093
Mailing Address
1301 York Rd
Lutherville, MD 21093
phone: 410-321-7500
fax: 410-769-8433
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
May-December Saturdays only, 10am-4pm
June-July-August Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

Seniors/Fire Fighters-$8
Children (2-18)-$5
Kids Under 2-Free
Museum Type(s)
Mr. Stephen G. Heaver, Director/Curator
Rob Williams, Assistant Director
phone: 410-321-7500
Melissa M. Heaver, Registrar/Archivist/Web Manager/PR Guru (pro tem)
Marilyn Smoot, Receptionist/Shop Manager
Sarah Mcwilliams, PR-Marketing/Membership


The Fire Museum of Maryland is the third largest museum of its kind in the world and offers exhibits on the history of fire fighting, hand- and horse-drawn apparatus, the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, as well as the reconstruction of Baltimore City's Engine House #8, the only cast-iron fire house in the area.

Throughout the building are videos and DVD's on a variety of fire related themes, as well as interactive programs for children. The children's Discovery Room was opened five years ago, and provides kids with a place where they can put on child-sized turnout gear and play on a full-size fire engine. The Museum has just finished the installation of a centralized heating and air conditioning system, and is currently starting the process of installing up-to-date, energy and environmentally safe lighting, as well as the upgrading of some of the Museum's exhibits.

The Museum offers a variety of school tours, including an archaeology "dig" of the Great Fire, a science-themed tour on constructing a fire engine, as well as programs for nursery school kids and others. We also offer a variety of outreach programs for adult and senior groups.

The Museum has a rental program for wedding receptions, dinners and other occasions, and also offers a birthday party program with special activities.


The Museum was founded in 1971 by Stephen G. Heaver and his son, Steve, Jr. as a way to maintain and display their personal collections. Since that time, the Museum has grown to include over 40 pieces of apparatus, a large fire-related archives and library, as well as ancillary materials that help tell about the history of fire fighting.

Artifacts Collections

40+ pieces of fire apparatus 10,000 photographic images and negatives 3,000 library volumes 4,000 ephemera and archival materials 2,300 small, related 3-D artifacts

  • hand-drawn, horse-drawn, and motorized fire fighting equipment
  • ancillary manuals
  • tools
  • reference materials
  • newspapers
  • journals
  • exhibits

Research Collections

The Museum has a large collection of manufacturers' histories, photos, apparatus specifications and parts manuals, and operations manuals. It also contains a broad spectrum of fire department histories from all over the U.S., as well as more broad topics on specific histories of uniforms, pumps, hoses, fire house life, telegraph and alarm offices, etc.

Educational Programs

The Museum offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions, school and adult tours, lectures, bus tours, as well as other events.


Access: General Public, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


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