Fire Service Museum 3Melbourne is a city located in the Australian state of Victoria. It is the capital of the state and the second biggest city in the country. Melbourne is often considered to be Australia’s cultural heartland due to the diversity of its populace and the presence of many art galleries and museums. Tourists in Melbourne can look forward to a packed itinerary as there are many interesting places to visit in the city. Among the ‘must see’ tourist attractions are the Flinders Street Railway Station, the Parliament House of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market, Shrine of Remembrance, the Immigration Museum and Federation Square. Those with a little more time may also think of visiting the Police Museum and the Fire Services Museum.

The Fire Services Museum is a museum located in Victoria, Australia and is dedicated to the local fire fighting agencies. The museum is based in the former headquarters of the Melbourne Fire Brigade. Inside the popular museum one will find over four thousand artefacts related to fire fighting sourced from fire stations across Australia and around the world. Items include historical equipment, memorabilia and personnel histories. Many of the museum workers are former fire fighters and are often willing to indulge visitors with a story.

Fire Service Museum 5The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and is closed on all other days. The museum conducts private tours for large groups on the off days- one has to call in advance and make arrangements. Opening hours are between 9 am and 3 pm on Thursday and Friday and between 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The Fire Services Museum is situated along Gisborne Street in East Melbourne and is a great place to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne is a charming blend of old world architecture and cutting edge technology. The cosmopolitan city has excellent public infrastructure, including an efficient public transport system. Finding good hotels Melbourne is not a difficult task and one has plenty of options. Tourists looking for luxury Melbourne accommodation can try the Langham Melbourne. The hotel boasts a central location and is the ideal choice of accommodation for both business and leisure travellers.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.