Newton Fire Museum

150 Spring Street
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 383-0396
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Newton Fire Museum

Over 188 Years of Fire Service History

45 years of contributions to our community

For over 45 years, the Newton Fire Museum has showcased many treasures from our community’s history. Located in the historic Spring Street Firehouse, our collection includes fascinating firefighting equipment dating back to the days when horses were used to pull the apparatus.

James Jones Photo

The Fire Museum was asked by local merchants to make some big improvements – to expand our operating hours, become more involved in community events, and position ourselves as a destination for tourists visiting our area. In response, the Newton Fire Department made a big commitment to making that concept a reality.

We started by doing a top to bottom reorganization and changing the way we display our collection. We created a paid attendant program so we could provide steady operating hours. As a result, the number of museum visitors increased significantly from previous years. Neighboring merchants benefited since many of our visitors stayed to shop along the street. For that reason, those merchants became the biggest supporters of our program.

Newton Firemen Hosing Monument in Town Square in 1913

We also increased our collection by the addition of our 1948 Mack fire engine. Our accomplishments were only made possible because of the many local residents and merchants who support the museum and believe in its value to the town. The Newton Fire Department remains committed to building upon our successes and taking our museum to the next level.

Looking toward the future, our committee recently attended a conference in New York City which consisted of representatives from Fire Museums all over the country who are successfully attracting thousands of visitors to their towns every year. We brought home lots of new ideas and the realization that their success can be replicated right here in Newton. Our key location in the downtown business district means our successes can support the successes of our neighbors.

The Newton Fire Museum, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your contribution is tax deductable as allowed by law. Please make checks payable to the Newton Fire Museum.

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