•  UPDATE!!!!! for Thursday January 19, 2018. The Fire Museum of Memphis is open today.

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  • New Executive Director for the Fire Museum!

    The Fire Museum of Memphis is excited to announce its new executive director Shannon Perry.  Shannon will assume her new post on January 2, 2018.


    Shannon Perry is a Memphian with over twenty years of museum experience in project management, exhibitions, and collections.  After graduating from James Madison University in 1994, she began her career at the Dixon Gallery where she interned and was later hired as an assistant registrar.  In 1996 she joined the Fire Museum of Memphis (when the museum operated out of 2600 Poplar Avenue), where she served first as registrar, and later as curator.  She has a unique perspective on the Fire Museum, as she was part of the initial staff during the capital campaign, renovation and exhibition design and fabrication for the buildings at 118 Adams before the museum opened in 1998. 


    Mrs. Perry left Memphis in 1999 to complete a graduate degree in art history at the University of Maryland.  She spent a decade at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, managing traveling exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and later maintaining collection information for over 41,000 objects at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  For the past three years, she served as the Collections Manager of the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has also taught at the University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, and the University of Memphis. 


    Shannon is married to Warren Perry, the assistant director of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.  They have a five-year-old daughter, Jeanne Lynn, and a seven-year-old pug named Oxford. 


    She is extremely excited to begin a new chapter in her life as Executive Director of the Fire Museum of Memphis, and she is dedicated to the museum’s mission of fire safety education and preservation of fire service history. 


    The Fire Museum is Memphis' Hottest Attraction!!!  America’s premier interactive fire museum is in the legendary Fire Engine House No. 1 in downtown Memphis.  Nearly 500,000 school children have been served in the past 19 years, reducing the fire fatality rate in the City of Memphis and surrounding areas. 



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    West Tennessee Fire Marshals’ Association presents:

    The Annual West Tennessee Regional Fire Prevention Conference


    May 16th - 18th 2018.


    Hotel: The Hilton Memphis 939 Ridge Lake Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120

    Follow the link to reserve your room at the Hilton ($159/night).

    Reserve Your Room Here


    Conference Locations: Hilton Memphis & International Paper (Tower IV) 1740 International Drive, Memphis, TN 38120


    Registration: A $40.00 registration fee is required, payable through the Fire Museum of Memphis. Deadline of May 1st, 2018.

    118 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 636-5650.



    Onsite Registration: May 16th from 7:00am - 8:00am.


    All classes are approved by the State of Tennessee for recertification credit and by ICC for CEU’s.  Enclosed is the schedule of events, including a tour of the Fire Museum, and admission to Memphis in May Bar-B-Q Fest. After hotel reservation, please RSVP by emailing: kevin.massey@memphistn.gov 

    We look forward to seeing you at the  2018 Annual West Tennessee Regional Fire Prevention Conference


    If you have any questions, please contact




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The Fire Museum of Memphis has launched a fundraising campaign that includes a new commemorative brick program. The Fire Museum has begun selling engraved bricks that will be placed in the courtyard of the museum. The bricks can recognize an active or former firefighter, or they can be purchased as a memorial or honorarium. Bricks can also be purchased as a show of support for the Fire Museum or the Memphis Fire Department. For information about purchasing a brick, please go to https://fmm.engravedbricks.com/. (Note: there is no www before this web address.)  If you would like to contribute to the fundraising campaign or order a brick over the phone, please call 901-636-5650.
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