The official museum of the FDNY, the New York City Fire Museum houses one of the USA?s most important collections of fire-related art and artifacts from the 18th century onward. Its vast holdings range from a 1790 hand-pumped fire engine (one of the oldest fire engines in America) to colorful 19th century parade regalia to a moving exhibit on the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Through its collection, The Fire Museum tells the story of New York City?s Bravest from the days of bucket brigades to the highly professional fire service of today. The museum also contains educational exhibits on fire prevention and an excellent gift shop and is handicapped accessible. Volunteers, many of them retired firefighters, are on hand to give tours and provide background on the exhibits. Just a short, 15-minute walk from Ground Zero, the New York City Fire Museum (tel:212/691-1303) occupies a renovated 1904 firehouse located at 278 Spring Street in the Soho district of Manhattan, NY 10013. By subway, the museum can be reached via the 1 or 9 train to Houston Street and the C or E to Spring Street. It is also on, or close to, the M10 and M21 bus routes. The museum?s website can be viewed at www.nycfiremuseum.org.