Friendship Firehouse Museum

The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, as the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855, was substantially remodeled in 1871, and was restored by the City of Alexandria in 1992.

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Friendship Firehouse Museum

Friendship Firehouse Building PhotographIn 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.

Museum Open One Saturday per Month

The Museum is reopening one Saturday per month. Visit the museum April 17, May 22, and June 19, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. See below for details, including information on advanced tickets and safety guidelines.

Museum Closures and Covid-19 Operational Guidelines

While Friendship Firehouse has reopened, some of our museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. Check the Historic Alexandria homepage to see the latest on which museums are now open.

The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them based on safety and 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.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines


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Virtual Tour

Visit the  Friendship Firehouse Museum on a Google 360 virtual tour.


Friendship Firehouse Museum will be open one Saturday per month, April 17, May 22, and June 19, 2021, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. As city museums reopen, they will initially operate at 25% capacity and will require purchase of timed tickets in advance at The Alexandria Shop. Tickets are $2 to reserve an arrival time for you and your party of up to ten people. 


The vehicles and exhibits at Friendship Firehouse Museum illuminate the history of firefighting in Alexandria. Years of hard use took their toll on the suction hand engine and hose-reel carriage, but when they are fully conserved, the apparatus’ paint history will be stabilized and preserved for future generations to enjoy.   


The following museums are now open. Check the museum links for current hours and safety protocols. Alexandria Archaeology MuseumAlexandria History Museum at The LyceumFriendship Firehouse MuseumGadsby's Tavern Museum. Luckily, history doesn’t stop just because our hours are limited! Visit us here on our website and follow us on social media to discover new things about your hometown.


Find firefighting learning resources for your students (Pre-K through 8th grade), scouts or other group. Learn from home with fun activities, books, and links to explore Friendship Firehouse Museum, firefighting history, and fire safety at home.


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 for special Open House days, and for the Firehouse Festival on the first Saturday in August. 


Location, hours, directions, and everything you need to know to visit Friendship Firehouse Museum.
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Museum Hours

Open one Saturday-per-month

April 17, May 22, and June 19, 2021, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

New Year's Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

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Event Tickets

To purchase tickets to events at the Friendship Firehouse Museum, and to shop online, visit  The Alexandria Shop

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