Eger`s Fire-fighting Museum is great fun for children and adults alike. Housed in a beautiful old fire station, its exhibits tell the story of fire-fighting in Heves County over the past 300 years.
Opened in 1999 in the former town's fire station (1929), the museum has recently been completely refurbished.
The renovation project improved on what was already a unique attraction in Hungary and updated the visitor facilities making this among the most modern of attractions in Eger.
Eger Fire-fighting Museum - The tower was used as an early warning system to spot fires in the town and summon the brigade
The Garage, which originally held three fire engines, there are a number of vehicles and machinery used in the fighting of fires. It is also possible to watch a video describing and showing how the various exhibits were used.
The Signalling Room - displays the communication equipment used in the post-war period. Visitors can avail of some hands-on exhibits and, if they so wish, peruse manufacturers` brochures detailing fire apparatus for sale.
The Permanent Exhibition - the largest exhibition area, it displays the apparatus and equipment used by firemen and women in the Heves area (of which Eger is the major town). Exhibits include clothing, tools, extinguishers and a helmet damaged in the infamous 1917 fire in Gyöngyös
The Permanent Exhibition
The Viewing Room - this space is an extension of the permanent exhibition but instead of the exhibits being encased in glass they are raised up on pedestals. This gives visitors the opportunity to see the fire-fighting apparatus up close and personal. Video films complemet the exhibits.
The Restorer's Workshop - perhaps the most interesting as it contains a range of vehicles and appliances dating from the nineteenth century, also on display here are medals awarded to Eger firefighters for distinguished conduct.
Model of St. Florian, patron saint of firefighters, in the Eger Museum of Firefighting
If you've had enough of all the fire-related paraphernalia, then you can sneak out to the museum cafeteria for a bite to eat, take the kids to the really quite cool playground or, if it's open, go to the indoor playhouse.
Alternatively, if you haven't had your fill of fire stuff, then pop into the museum shop and take some home with you.
Be Warned: As with many museums and sights in Eger, most of the exhibits do not have descriptions in English, and in all likelihood those working at the museum will only have rudimentary English.