Today, the Lyon & Rhône Firemen's Museum is one of the most important of its kind, both in France and in Europe.
Its collections and exhibitions simply cannot be described in a few pages, thus making a true visit of the Museum an absolute must.
The Museum is located on the two levels of the CENTRE D'INTERVENTION LYON LA DUCHERE.
The Museum is divided into four main parts :
Manually-operated pumps from various periods come next : drafting pumps, both sucking and drafting pumps, mounted on one-wheel or two-wheel chassis, on carts, portable ones, hand-drawn or horse-drawn pumps.
All of them were built by Catel, Thirion, Mieusset, Delahaye, Renault, Rateau, Drouville, Laffly, Maheu-Labrosse, etc., and some are equipped with engines built by early manufacturers such as Mieusset, Delahaye, Laffly, De Dion Bouton, Cottin Desgoutte, etc., which no longer exist.
This is a very beautiful exhibition : 250 helmets, both from France and abroad (dating from the beginning of the XIXth century up to today). A selection among the 1800 helmets of the Museum's collection, one of the biggest in the world.
A major collection, counting more than a hundred vehicles, which have presently been repaired or are in the process of being so. This exhibition shows a broad selection of vehicles dating from the beginning of the XXth century until the 70's (displayed in two different parts of the Museum).
Some of the most stunning items are displayed in the actual Museum building.
|The Museum apologizes for not being able to show the whole collection because of the limited size of the rooms and building.|