Fireman’s Hall Museum147 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2097 visit website
The Fireman’s Hall Museum is on the outskirts of Old City and right down from Elfreth’s Alley. The museum is small and good for ages 2-2.5 and up. It will probably take you 30 minutes to go through it so it is not a time killer just more of a “stop and see spot.” Packed into the restored firehouse’s first floor is the biggest highlight which is a series of old firetrucks and apparatus that the boys loved checking out. Upstairs there is more memorobilia and a tiny hands on section for the kids. This turned out to be a life saver for the visit. With a crawler and a runner I at least got a 3 minute break while they played with some puzzles and fire fighter themed books.
Overall it was great to get out of the house but the parking was tough and it only entertained the kids for 15 minutes which I streched to 30. My recommendation: if you are in the area, you can grab parking and it is a nice day stop in and check it out. There is a small elevator so you can bring a stroller. The first floor is tile so a little tough for crawlers. The 2nd floor is carpet and little better for crawlers. The museum is free but they accept donations. This is not really a “must see” but more of a “nice to do.”