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.

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!


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Virtual Tour

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


In compliance with the governor’s Stay-at-Home order, the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) sites are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum will reopen first when Northern Virginia enters Phase II of the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan in mid-to-late June. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental associated meetings.


Miss visiting your favorite Historic Alexandria sites? Looking for some fun historic activities to share with your kids at home? Let our staff bring history virtually to you! 


Location, hours, directions, and everything you need to know to visit Friendship Firehouse Museum.
Parking and Trolley Map 


"Citizen Firefighters in Early Alexandria" explores how community volunteers fought fires in colonial and early nineteenth-century Alexandria. Participants see historic equipment which was actually used for fighting fires by the Friendship Fire Company and, through role play, learn colonial firefighting techniques.  


Does your child love fire engines? Then experience the historic Friendship Firehouse and become the newest “member” of the fire brigade. Kids will take part in role-playing games and activities to help them earn their fire hat and badge. Wrap up the party with a parade using a banner the kids designed themselves! Download this informational flyer.


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.   

Museum Hours

Saturday and Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday: Closed
Closed: 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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