National Emergency Services Museum

in Sheffield


The National Emergency Services Museum (NESM) is an independent, self-funded museum and charity dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history of the emergency services and their communities, in peace and war. We are regularly involved in local community work, wider national and international projects as well as events all over the country. We are the largest combined emergency services museum in the world.

The museum in housed in a historic combined police, fire and ambulance station in Sheffield City Centre. Our building dates back to 1900 and a number of original features, such as the Victorian police cells and engine house, have been preserved within the museum.

In this Tardis-like building we tell the stories of all our emergency services through vintage vehicles, original objects, dynamic displays and interactive exhibitions. We house a treasure trove of items from the biggest (like our 47 foot lifeboat!) to the smallest. Our collection boasts more than 600,000 objects from historic uniforms and badges to medical equipment, and includes about 150 historic vehicles of which around 40 are on display at the museum at any one time. We also care for a number of unique items from other organisations, such as HM Coastguard.

We offer a day out that all the family can enjoy. From climbing aboard a real fire engine to exploring life during World War II, and from vintage police cars to meeting real life Victorian criminals there’s something for everyone. And with three floors jam-packed with items you can climb on, get in and try on you won’t be short of things to do! You can now also convert your entry ticket to an annual pass for no extra cost; meaning you can visit as many times as you like within the year for the price of a single ticket. So you’ll never miss out on what’s new at NESM.

We’re open from Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and tickets are available on our website. What are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see you!

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