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The New York City Fire Museum houses one of the nation’s most important collections of fire related art and artifacts from the late 18th century onward. Our two exhibit floors trace the development of firefighting in New York from the early bucket brigades to the present day. On the second floor, the “romance of firefighting” is shown through paintings and prints from the volunteer era. Displayed as if on parade are striking examples of elaborate hand-drawn and hand-pumped engines, including a piano box style engine, a goose neck pumper, and a double-decker Philadelphia style engine which, aside from being used to fight fire, was at the opening celebration of the Statue of Liberty.

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