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NYC Fire Museum closed indefinitely after employees report building shakes


The FDNY’s official museum is closed until further notice after staff at the historic building reported shaking over the weekend.

The New York City Fire Museum at 278 Spring St. in Hudson Square was evacuated around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday when employees who were preparing to open for the day heard loud banging and felt the building vibrate, according to executive director Patti Murphy.

“It’s closed off until we can get a structural engineer to ensure the safety of anybody entering the building,” Murphy told the Daily News. She said that the collection of 10,000-odd artifacts did not appear to be damaged.

“The safety of our visitors and staff is our utmost priority, and this closure is a precautionary measure while we await clearance,” read a notice on the museum’s website.

A “311” complaint to the Department of Buildings suggested a nearby construction crane may have been a factor, but an agency spokesperson said they did not find issues related to the building shaking or any evidence that crane activity had caused any structural damage.

The department has issued an order for the museum to have a professional engineer inspect the facade.

Interior views of the Fire Museum which is opening the exhibition Recovery and Reflection, Celebrating the 9/11 at the Tribute Museum featuring 15 panels that were previously on display at the Museum, which was founded by the September 11th Families' Association and closed in August 2022. The temporary exhibition will be on display from August 30th to October 15th, 2023 at The Tribute Museum located at 278 Spring Street in downtown Manhattan. (Luiz C. Ribeiro for NY Daily News)
An interior view of the NYC Fire Museum is pictured in 2023. (Luiz C. Ribeiro for NY Daily News)

The Fire Museum has been at the Spring Street location since 1987 and dates back to 1870. The 1904 Beaux-Arts building was once the firehouse of Engine Company No. 30 and is home to a permanent 9/11 exhibit memorializing the 343 firefighters who died in the terror attacks.

Murphy said it’s unclear how long the museum will have to stay closed for but that it would likely have a “significant impact” financially on the self-funded nonprofit, which relies heavily on admissions, gift shop sales and events (the museum was about to host a children’s birthday party when the incident happened)

“Closing down right now is going to have an impact on our operations of course,” she said.

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