Police and Fire Museums in Los Angeles

From the Hollywood Fire Department Museum to antique fire engines at Disneyland and the International Police Museum of southern California, Los Angeles has a dozen museums and a few more attractions dedicated to the history and memorabilia of those who serve in police and fire departments and the tools of those heroic occupations. 

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Plaza Firehouse Museum at Engine Company No 1

Fire House No 1 in Los Angeles
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200 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
elpueblo.lacity.org
The Plaza Firehouse Museum is located in the oldest firehouse in Los Angeles, Engine Company No 1, built in 1884 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site. It's a small museum with fire-fighting equipment from the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, Hollywood

Los Angeles Fire Department Museum in Hollywood
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Old Fire Station 27
1355 N. Caheunga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464 - 2727
www.lafdmuseum.org/museum27
What kid doesn't like to climb around on fire trucks? The Hollywood branch of the LA Fire Department Museum has a large collection of historic vehicles and department memorabilia in one of the largest historic fire stations in the city. Open Saturdays only. Free.

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Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, Harbor

Los Angeles Fire Department Museum in San Pedro, CA
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638 Beacon Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(323) 464 - 2727
www.lafdmuseum.org/museum36/
The Harbor branch of the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum is located in Old Fire Station 36, a small local station located just across the street from Ports of Call village in San Pedro. Its collection includes a perfectly restored 1923 Seagrave Fire Engine that actually served at this station in the early 1900s. Open Saturdays only. Free.

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African American Firefighter Museum

Fire Station 30
1401 S. Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 744-1730
www.aaffmuseum.org
The mission of the African American Firefighter Museum, located in historic Fire Station 30 in the Produce District of Downtown Los Angeles, is to collect, conserve and share over 100 years of the heritage of pioneering African Americans in the fire service in Los Angeles and beyond. It is the only free standing African American Firefighter Museum in the US. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Free for individuals and groups of less than 10.

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Long Beach Firefighters Museum

Old Station 10
1445 Peterson Ave
Long Beach CA. 90813
(562) 570-8628
www.lbfdmuseum.org
The Long Beach Firefighters Museum is a collection of restored historic fire vehicles and firefighting equipment in an old firehouse in Downtown Long Beach. Wednesday mornings and the 2nd Saturday of the month. Free.

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Fire Station 112 in San Pedro

The state-of-the-art Fireboat #2 at Fire Station 112 in San Pedro
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Fire Station 112 is a waterfront fire station in San Pedro between Ports O' Call Village and the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal that houses historic and state-of-the-art fire boats. The exhibit is in a sheltered area on the outside of the station with windows that overlook the working fire boat inside. More Info

is a waterfront fire station in San Pedro between Ports O' Call Village and the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal that houses historic and state-of-the-art fire boats. The exhibit is in a sheltered area on the outside of the station with windows that overlook the working fire boat inside. More Info

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Los Angeles Police Museum

6045 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 344-9445
laphs.org
The mission of the Los Angeles Police Museum in the Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the history of the Los Angeles Police Department. Open weekdays and the 3rd Saturday of the month for a fee.

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The International Police Museum of Southern California in Huntington Park

6538 Miles Avenue
Huntington Park, CA
www.huntingtonparkpd.org/museum.asp
The International Police Museum, located just north of the police station in Huntington Park, south of Downtown LA, started with one officer's collection of 1000 police hats from around the world an has expanded with other police memorabilia including foreign patches, badges, and insignia. Wed, Thu, Sat. Free.

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Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA
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2002 N.Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
The Bowers Museum collection includes memorabilia and objects from the first police and fire departments of Santa Ana. Open Tues-Sun for a fee.

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The Covina Firehouse Jail Museum

The Covina Firehouse Jail Museum is located directly behind City Hall in Covina. This museum is more about the history of the local citrus industry than about the police and fire department, but it's in the original 1911 town jail and firehouse. Only open for 2 hours on Sundays.

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Disneyland Fire Station

Antique Fire Engine in the Firehouse at Disneyland
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Main Street at Disneyland has a Fire Station propped with authentic antique fire fighting equipment including a firehouse pole, fire extinguishers, fire axes, hoses and an authentic antique fire engine.

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Burbank Police and Fire Museum

200 N 3rd Street
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 238-3235
www.burbankpd.org/inside-bpd/police-and-fire-museum/

The Burbank Police and Fire Museum showcases the history of both departments with uniforms, vehicles and tools of the trade. It is only open one Saturday per month.

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Engine Co No 28 Restaurant

Engine Company 28 Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles
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644 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 624-6996
www.engineco.com
Engine Co No 28 is a restaurant located in a 1912 brick fire station in Downtown LA. The restaurant incorporates many elements of the original fire station including one of the fire poles, located at the back. The menu includes plenty of hearty firehouse fare.

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Skeletons in the Closet - Los Angeles County Coroner's Gift Shop

1104 N. Mission Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90033
www.lacoroner.com
From body bags to key chains, there's something for every fan of the macabre at the LA County Coroner's gift shop, Skeletons in the Closet. Mon-Fri.

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Orange County Sheriffs Museum & Education Center

The Orange County Sheriffs Museum hasn't been built yet, but they do have an online store where you can by department memorabilia.
www.ocsheriffmuseum.com

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