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Friendship Firehouse

The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, and was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855, remodeled in 1871 and renovated in 1992. The Engine Room on the first floor houses hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic fire-fighting equipment. An exhibition discusses the development of fire-fighting technology and other fire companies that have served the citizens of Alexandria.

The second floor Meeting Room is furnished the way it was during the late 19th century, the real heyday of Friendship as a community organization. On view here are various ceremonial objects such as parade uniforms, capes, banners and other regalia. George Washington's association with the Friendship Fire Company, honored by members for over 200 years, is symbolized by several images of him throughout the museum.

Permanent Collection

Historic Fire Engines



Opening hours

Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm
Monday - Thursday: Closed
Closed: New Year's Day, Christmas

Getting there

The museum is located in Old Town Alexandria, near many shops, restaurants, and other museums and historic sites. Alexandria is half-way between Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon.

From Washington, D.C., and National Airport
Take the George Washington Parkway south, past the airport, into Alexandria. The Parkway becomes Washington Street in the City. Turn right on King Street (one mile) and left on S. Alfred Street (the first left). The museum is on your right.

From I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Take the US Route 1 North exit (first exit on the Virginia side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge). Follow Route 1 (Patrick Street) about one mile. Turn right on Prince Street; turn left on S. Alfred Street. The museum is on your left.

By Metro
Take the yellow or blue line to King Street station. Walk down King Street about seven blocks to S. Alfred Street. Turn right, and the museum will be on your right. Or take the Dash Bus to King and S. Alfred Streets, turn right and the museum will be on your right. Call (703) 370-DASH for bus schedules and information, or check the schedules posted at the station.

By Train
Take Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express to Alexandria's Union Station (across the tracks from King Street Metro station). Upon exiting the train station, walk to your right to King Street and follow directions from Metro.


Visit The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street, two blocks from Friendship Firehouse, and park for free in their parking lot while visiting both museums, or use metered parking on the street.


The museum is wheel-chair accessible. The City of Alexandria complies with the terms of ADA.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Citizen Firefighters in Colonial Alexandria

Bring your students (K-6), scouts or other group for a fascinating program at the Friendship Firehouse Museum.

"Citizen Firefighters in Colonial Alexandria" explores the role citizen-volunteers played in developing the Colonial community of Alexandria and the role volunteers play in making 21st century Alexandria a better community in which to live. The program transitions to an interactive discussion with the students on a comparison of fire safety elements today with those of the Colonial period. The program concludes with a historical role play of firefighting techniques in the Colonial period, highlighted with the techniques of the night watchman, fire company commander and bucket brigade. Designed for students K-6, scouts, etc.

Cost: $1/student
Length: 30-45 minutes
Limit: 30 students

Educational programs can be arranged Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm by appointment.

The museum is regularly open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm and Sundays 1 pm - 4 pm.