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
    ••• Fire House No 1, LA's first fire station, at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, CA. Kayte Deioma

    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
    ••• Los Angeles Fire Department Museum in Hollywood. Kayte Deioma

    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
    ••• Los Angeles Fire Department Museum in San Pedro, CA. Kayte Deioma

    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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    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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    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
    ••• The state-of-the-art Fireboat #2 at Fire Station 112 in San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com
    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
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    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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    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
    ••• Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    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
    ••• Antique Fire Engine in the Firehouse at Disneyland. Kayte Deioma
    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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    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 Company 28 Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles
    ••• Engine Co No 28 Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. Kayte Deioma

    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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    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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    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

    Information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venues for the most current information. If you represent one of these organization and have updated information, you can Contact the LA Travel Expert with updates and corrections.