Fire Services Museum of Victoria

Fire Services Museum of Victoria

Address: 39 Gisborne St, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

Phone: 03 9662 2907  |  Mobile: 0418 129 252  |  Fax: 03 9662 2907  


The Fire Services Museum of Victoria was formed in 1972 by a small group of people with the aim of preserving Fire Brigade memorabilia for later generations to look back on. The Museum was a nomad society for sometime moving the ever growing collection to larger premises until they were offered permanent residence at the present site. This Museum is one of only a few in the world operating in an original Headquarter Fire Station, being the Eastern Hill Fire station.

Two unique features of the building are the Queen Anne architecture and the 52 metre watchtower. The building is on the Victorian Heritage List and has a National Trust Classification. Touring the Museum one will start at the board room with the original décor and the mural depicting the first decade of the Fire Service. The next room is where the Chief Office spent some of his day while on duty. Around the room are souvenirs presented to retiring officers.

The main hub of a fire station is the front station where fire fighters responded to fire calls, here you will see the hand and horse drawn vehicles through to the beautiful brass trimmed early fire engines. The watch room opened in 1927, this was the main fire control centre and where fire alarms throughout some of the city centre were monitored.

The Museums collection includes memorabilia from Fire Services that provide fire coverage throughout Victoria. Including Country Fire Authority and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Also visit the International room and their memorial area dedicated to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Please take the time to visit the souvenir shop before leaving. The museum is ideal for school excursions and tours for groups. Vehicles are available for hire.

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Cancellation and booking policy

Out of hours bookings are availble. No despoit is required for bookings and there is no cancellation fee.

Local directions

Access to the Museum via Yarra Trams Services Routes Numbers: 24, 30, 31, 42, 109, 112 and the City Circle service to Nicholson Street and Albert Street then a five minute walk. Train to Parliament Station then a five minute walk.


  • Access without assistance for the disabled
  • First aid equipment
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Photographic service
  • Public telephone
  • Public toilet
  • Shop

Opening hours

Group tours available out of hours (Conditions apply). Fire appliances available for hire (as above).


  • Museums Australia
  • National Trust

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