The fire brigade museum with the largest collection in The Netherlands was born after several hand pumps were retrieved on an attic in Borculo. The pumps had been hidden there during the Second World War. Over a decade later, a group of fire brigade volunteers decided to lay the foundations for a fire brigade museum.
The Stichting Brandweermuseum was founded on 22 January 1970 and initially roamed through Borculo. After various locations (Spuithuis in the Korte Wal, the Red Crossbuilding at the Burgemeester Bloemersstraat) we finally settled in a former elementary school at the Hofstraat 5. In this school building, built in 1913, we have been located since 14 May 1977. The total area covers 3400 m2 and the exhibition gives a very clear picture of the early days of firefighting until the late 1970’s.
In the same building you will also find the Stormrampenmuseum. This museum is home to a collection of photographs, articles and items that are all linked to the storm disaster that hit Borculo in 1925.
The museum is run solely by volunteers.
Discover the Fire Brigade Museum
The museum possesses a lot of firefighting materials that used to be part of the equipment of many fire departments. In Borculo, a town in the Achterhoek, you will find one of the two largest fire brigade museums in the Netherlands. The museum is home to a unique collection that will give you a very accurate image of the earliest days of firefighting until the late 1970’s.
You will find leather buckets, water dumping sacks, syringe buckets, a pump built on a wheel barrow, several manually operated pumps that were pulled by the crews, a handsome steam lance, and multiple pumps that were driven by petrol or diesel engines. Small and large pieces of equipment needed to fight the fire.
The Brandweermuseum is centrally located between cities like Zutphen, Doetinchem, Enschede, and Winterswijk with plenty of parking space near the museum. The museum is also within easy reach by public transport. Plan your route.
Our museum is accessible for wheelchair users and a lift is provided. A manual wheelchair and a walker are available on the ground floor and first floor.
Included is a free viewing of a film about a call-out made in the 1980’s by volunteers of the local fire brigade.
|Children (4-17 years old)||€ 4,00
|Children under 4 years old||Gratis
There’s a 10% discount for groups of over 20 people.
Tour guides are available upon request.
Museumjaarkaart is not accepted.
|April till november||
|Sunday and Monday||14.00 – 16.00 uur
|Tuesday till Saturday||10.00 – 16.00 uur
|February and March||
|Saterday till Monday||14.00 – 16.00 uur
|Tuesday till Friday||10.00 – 16.00 uur
In December we are closed except during the Christmas holidays.
We are open to groups but booking must be made at least 14 days in advance.
1 January: closed
Good Friday: 14:00-16:00
Easter Sunday and Monday: 14:00-16:00
Ascension Day: 14:00-16:00
1st Saturday of September: closed
24 December: closed
31 December: closed.
Brandweer- en Stormrampenmuseum Borculo
7271 AP Borculo
Bank account 92 41 78 795
IBAN NL98 SNSB 0924 1787 95