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Boston is Burning: A Day at the Boston Fire Museum

Join us for the launch of Obscura Society Boston. We'll be kicking off our new chapter city with a visit to Boston Fire Museum for a look back at some of the city's worst disasters.

Located in a former firehouse in South Boston, the Fire Museum traces the history of fire in the city from "Bucket Brigades" to the modern day fire department. The visit will include a review of the historic Boston is Burning fire of 1872, the Molasses Tank Disaster of 1919 and Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942, a disaster that claimed the lives of 492 people.

This journey through history is a fascinating look at the growth of Boston into the "Hub of the World." You will see Boston's first rolling fire pump, made by Paul Revere and his apprentice Ephraim Thayer, a Hand Tub from the 1850's purchased by the citizens of Charlestown, and the Amoskeag Steamer that was the 2nd piece of fire apparatus to arrive at the Molasses Tank Disaster.


  • The Boston Fire Museum is located at 344 Congress Street in the Fort Point neighborhood of "Southie"
  • Plenty of off-street parking is available in a garage located behind the fire museum

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