24 December: Museum of Fire

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Museum of Fire, Edinburgh, Scotland

The phrase ‘hidden gem’ seems like it was made for Edinburgh’s Museum of Fire, situated in an old fire station’s engine room and stables, where everything except the electric lights is as it was in 1900. The collection consists of historical engines that were used on site, alongside objects that have been acquired or donated since the museum opened. Together, the displays chart the development of firefighting through the years and the role that firefighters have played in Edinburgh, which is proud  to be the birthplace of the UK’s, and possibly the world’s, oldest municipal fire brigade. Some of the historical engines on display are real beauties, and stories behind them are no less fascinating.

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Recommended by Museum140; Photo by Jenni Fuchs

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