Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum

"A Look Into the History 

of Rock Falls Firefighting"

Located at

403 W. 2nd St.

Rock Falls, Illinois

Join us for Fire Museum Family Fun Events

Fall Ice Cream Social 
& Fire Truck Rides

Friday, October 17

6:00-8:00 PM

Bollman Park in Rock Falls

(W. 1st St. & 2nd Ave.)

 By the river

Enjoy a free bowl of ice cream, then take a night time fire truck ride through Sterling and Rock Falls over both bridges.  

An evening everyone will enjoy!

Friday, Nov. 21

Hometown Holidays Christmas Walk 

5-8 PM at the Fire Museum  

403 W. 2nd St. in Rock Falls

Take a tour of the Fire Museum

Cookies and hot drinks will be served

Enjoy fire truck rides

These events are sponsored by
 Firehouse Ministries and Modern Woodmen!

Fire Museum Hours:

Open Saturdays May through October

 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and by appointment.

Admission is free.  Donations are accepted.

Call 815-622-9490

Email us at

Currently offering: 

-Tours for schools or other organizations

-Family Fun Events

-Fire Truck Rides


-Children's Firefighting Activities

-Fire Safety Training

-Community Celebrations

-And more!

Call 815-622-9490 for more information

History of the Museum

The property previously housed the Rock Falls Fire Department until a new fire station was built in 1964.  It was used off and on for other City departments' use, but had not been occupied in several years and was in poor condition.  After 2 months of completely gutting the building, re-roofing, painting, and replacing windows by numerous volunteers, the community was invited in to see the transformation and remember the history of the department.  Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum opened to the public on November 16, 2012.   



The Fire Museum Fleet

Rock Falls Fire Department 1928 Pirsch Fire Engine.

Rock Falls Fire Department Former Tender 46

This is a 1971 International.


Former Rock Falls Fire Engine 42. 

This is a 1975 International.

Our newest engine, former Hinsdale, IL Engine 1012.  This is a 1987 Pierce Lance.

  • Extinguisher Cart from Sterling NWSW
    Extinguisher Cart from Sterling NWSW
  • Antique Hose Cart
    Antique Hose Cart
  • Extinguisher
  • Hose Nozzles
    Hose Nozzles
  • Nozzles and Fire Truck
    Nozzles and Fire Truck
  • Airpack
  • Extinguisher
  • Fire Trucks
    Fire Trucks
  • Ladder Trucks
    Ladder Trucks
  • Rescue Squads
    Rescue Squads
  • Fire Trucks
    Fire Trucks
  • Fire Truk
    Fire Truk
  • Toy Fire Truck Collection
    Toy Fire Truck Collection
  • Toy Fire Truck Collection
    Toy Fire Truck Collection
  • Toy Fire Truck Collection
    Toy Fire Truck Collection
  • Fire Extinguisher
    Fire Extinguisher
Extinguisher Cart from Sterling NWSW
Extinguisher Cart from Sterling NWSW

Slideshow of museum exhibits


Other local museums and activities:

-Coloma Township Little Red Schoolhouse

-Dillon Home Museum

-Hennepin Canal State Parkway

-New River Model Railroad

-Tampico Historical Society, Museum, Ronald Reagan's Birthplace

-Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum

-Rock Falls Tourism

Located just off I-88
  Exit 41

403 W. 2nd St., Rock Falls, IL

Many showcases and exhibits including an 1884 Hose Cart, firefighting equipment and uniforms used by Rock Falls Fire Department, collectible toy fire engines, historic photographs of the fire department and local fires, and much more!

Souvenir glasses and postcards are available for purchase.

The Hose Tower seen from the outside of the building.

Historic Pictures of the former Rock Falls Fire Department/City Complex

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Visit often, we are always adding to our collection of historic firefighting memorabilia.  Call us to take a tour!

1884 Keystone Company Hose Cart