Houston Fire Museum Receives $2 Million

The Houston Fire Museum is using a $2 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to move forward with plans to expand the museum and turn it into a big midtown area educational complex.

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The Houston Fire Museum is now in an old 19th century fire house on Milam Street, and along with its collection of old firefighting equipment, it also teaches children about fire and fire safety. Director Emily Ponte says they've outgrown the old building, so they're planning a new and bigger building on Main Street. Ponte says their education programs will continue to focus on kids and take advantage of their natural curiousity.

The Fire Museum Expansion Project has launched a drive to raise $20 million for the new building. Ponte says $2 million from the Transportation Department will be a big help because it gives their project credibility with other potential donors.

Ponte says they hope to break ground for the new and bigger Houston Fire Museum on Main Street in Midtown late this year or early next year.