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Welcome to the official AAFFMuseum website!

This is a great afternoon for the whole family, with special surprises for future firefighters.

Interested in making a visit to the Museum?

We have an eclectic set of exhibits for all ages.



Uncovering and revealing truths.



Interpreting the fire service experience in meaningful ways.



Celebrating the courage, ingenuity, and creativity of African-American Firefighters



The museum officially opened its doors on December 13, 1997.


The African American Fire Fighter Museum is dedicated to collecting, conserving, and sharing the heritage of African American Fire Fighters through collaboration and education.

The heartbeat of Los Angeles

A historic landmark

A Message

From the Museum President:

Here at the museum we want to empower, foster, and create innovative ways to have more volunteers and families enjoy what the museum has to offfer. The museum would love for you to get involved. Feel free to reach out and contact the museum. We’d love to hear from you!


Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 1,000 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their EBT card and a photo ID.


Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.


  • No matter the size of your donation, every contribution makes a difference. Your support can help us achieve our mission and create a better future for all.

Museum Sponsors

National Endowment for the Humanities

Dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

California Humanities

The objective of California Humanities is to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally.

Our Eternal Sponsors

Los Angeles City Stentorians

Los Angeles City Stentorians

Nonprofit, community-based org for African American Firefighters. Dedicated to the mission of recruitment and promotion of diversity within the LAFD.

Los Angeles County Stentorians

Los Angeles County Stentorians

The Stentorians of LA County is dedicated to recruiting and promoting diversity within the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). Since inception we have provided support to thousands of individuals interested in the fire service.

Museum Visitors

Reviews and Insights

“The history of firefighting-Past and present
is always interesting. I tend to visit fire museums
in our travels, my husband served on Denver Fire 34 years.”

— Charlene O.

“I took a tour while at The Central Avenue Jazz
Festival. It was very informative and this history
is amazing. What an awesome day.”

— Paula M.

“Fire safety and fire preparedness is an integral part of our daily lives. African Americans have made major contributions and strides in the fire service universally. The rich history under this roof holds the treasures of jewels by men & women that chose to protect the Community.
I am a retired FF from Gary, Indiana with 28 years of service. Thank you to past, present and future FF.”

— Reginald B.

Recent News

from the Media Team

Here’s where we keep you updated about all the happening situations at the museum. We’re extremely excited to give a platform for many to share stories, trials, tribulations

LA Fox 11: In Depth

In 2021, LA Fox 11 news station took a tour of the AAFFM to learn more about the historical contributions made by the firefighters of Station 30.

Sydney May 5, 2023

Hidden Heroes, Hidden Places: Arnett Hartsfield

In celebration of the book launch for Hidden Heroes, Historic Places, Los Angeles Public Library held a live panel to discuss hidden heroes and historic places throughout…

Sydney May 5, 2023

How to find us:

1401 S. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90021


The Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Become an integral part here at the museum.

Find yourself on a team preserving history.