National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

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The National Emergency Services Museum is a museum in Sheffield, England. Opened on 8 May 1984 as the "Sheffield Fire and Police Museum", it was given its present name on 1 January 2014. It is based at a former combined police and fire station (opened in 1900) at the junction of West Bar and Tenter Street near the city centre. A notable feature is one of the few remaining Fire Brigade observation towers in the UK. (The only other known one is at Hatton Garden, Liverpool, when built the headquarters of Liverpool Fire Brigade).The collection covers law and order, and social history. The museum is a Registered Charity (515105) run entirely by volunteers, and is open on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and Mondays to Fridays during school holidays, Wednesdays to Fridays during term.It also has a number of paintings, including one by Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It's a historic building, with real connection to the subjects, and a lot of work done to convert it...but it is difficult to get around for the mobility impaired. There is only one staircase which ha...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I hadn't been for years, but visited recently. It was a great afternoon. I particularly enjoyed the largely un-curated collections which made it feel much less like a museum. Thanks.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Couldnt fill a full day, not pushchair friendly at all, over 3 floors with very steep steps. The fire engine ride was really good and my son loved it. Theres a lot of interesting things to look at. Th...  more »
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  • Brilliant museum for families! Lots of child oriented displays for all ages. Could easily have left my toddler there for many hours playing! Good changing/toilet facilities one in the disabled toilet the other in a unisex toilet so good for fathers. Cafe had a limited range as it's an on going project but not bad prices and it seemed okay to bring your own... maybe by a coffee or two just to support them though =). Very interesting for adults too in the range of displays and social history. Gives a good insight into the workings of the emergency services over time. Not very buggy or wheelchair friendly though unfortunately but this something they are working on. Can't believe I've lived in Sheffield for 15+ years and never been here before! Will be coming again =).
  • Really enjoyed this museum, informative and interactive. You can even climb on some of the vehicles. Great for kids, but even my party of adults really enjoyed ourselves!
  • Great for the kids, fun for all ages, informative, much to see over 3 floors reasonably priced
  • Had a really great day out with the family
  • Great museum, in need of funding to keep up the good work.

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