Firemen Museum

İtfaiye Müzesi

Through the history severe fires were destroying entire districts of the city. One of the reasons was very dense building development in Istanbul, besides, most of the buildings were wooden. Sultans were making various decrees trying to prevent disasters. So, for example, Sultan Murad III (1574-1595) ordered to equip every dwelling house with the tank of water which could be used for extinguishing fires, while Sultan Ahmed III (1703-1730) organised the first fire team consisting of janissary officers. During the reign of Sultan Abdul-Aziz (1861-1876) special experts from Austro-Hungary were employed who arranged specially trained fire subdivisions.

Firemen museum was opened in Istanbul in 1992 in the reconstructed building of the main headquarters of Istanbul Firefighting Department. Besides the rich collection of manual and mechanical fire engines (including the first motorized fire engine in Istanbul), the museum also exhibits hydraulic pumps, carts with the pumps on horse tractions, fire extinguishers, tanks, special ladders, fire torches, fire cranes and hoses, tin water buckets, special devices for saving people (strings and ropes), masks and telephone commutators.

Address: Itfaiye Cad. 9, Zeyrek Mh.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30 am - 16.30 pm, Sat-Sun closed
How to reach: Aksaray (TR1)
Coordinates: 41.016446, 28.953893