Friendship Firehouse Museum
In a town of mostly wooden buildings, where open flames provided heat, light and cooking on a daily basis, fire was a constant danger. The Friendship, Sun, Relief, Hydraulion and other local volunteer fire companies served the community faithfully, particularly during enormous blazes in 1827, 1855, 1871, and 1922. Some of their stories and equipment are preserved today in the Friendship Firehouse Museum.
The museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice.
Covid-19 Operation Guidelines
The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them through the remainder of 2020 based on available staffing levels and as the region moves through Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia plan. Includes guidelines for guided tours, volunteers, rentals, public programs and events, and on-site research and collections use by the public.
Activities and Events
Join us for events and activities throughout the year. Children visiting the museum are invited to go on our history hunt and explore firefighting history through hands-on objects. For adults and youth, special guided firefighting history tours are offered in the spring and fall. Visit us during one of our annual Open House days on Presidents' Day, Fathers’ Day and Mothers’ Day. The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association holds its Firehouse Festival on the first Saturday in August. This popular family event celebrates the founding of the Friendship Fire Company and features antique and modern fire apparatus, public safety exhibitors, craft booths, and displays by Alexandria artists. We also offer Birthday Parties by reservation. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Visit the Friendship Firehouse Museum on a Google 360 virtual tour.
Note: the museums and offices are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice.
New Year's Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
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To purchase tickets to events at the Friendship Firehouse Museum, and to shop online, visit The Alexandria Shop.
American Alliance of Museums