147 N. 2nd St., 215/925-1438,
HOURS: Tues.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin had the unprecedented idea of starting the first fire insurance company in Philadelphia  in the 1730s, and he is just one of many people and advancements that are honored at the Fireman’s Hall Museum.
Housed in a 19th-century firehouse, the museum pays tribute to the brave men and women who fought fire and risked their lives for public safety. The collection of firefighting history and memorabilia includes an array of axes, hoses, tools, fire trucks, and parade badges from the 1800s.