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Opening times:

Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Last entry into the museum is one hour before closing

The museum can be closed from time to time for maintenance, events and other activities

What's new at NESM...

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About us...

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. What are you waiting for? We can't wait to see you!

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With over 40 vehicles on display and three floors of exhibits housed within a stunning historic building. Make the most of your visit and find out more info and prices.

Join our Learning and Discovery team with education visits that are designed to teach vital life safety skills through hands-on learning with history!

Need conference space... Our newly refurbished room hire is available day or night from just £90 for six hours and includes museum admission for all delegates.

What's on at NESM...

Not able to visit us in person? You can still support us with a purchase through our online shop.

From children's toys to that special something for the emergency services fan in your life, our online shop has a whole range of gifts and souvenirs that can be shipped to you wherever you are.

Our shop directly supports our charity and every purchase helps us to preserve the history of the emergency services for future generations.

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The Life of a Victorian Bobby

Friday 3 September 2021

14:00-15:00 or 18:00-19:00

What was life like in the dark and dangerous streets of Victorian Britain? Join author Neil Bell as he introduces you to the uniformed men who patrolled these streets...


Murder, Poisoning and Baby-farming: Victorian Crime & Punishment

Friday 8 October 2021

14:00-15:00 or 18:00-19:00

Join author Angela Buckley for a tantalising glimpse into the murky world of 19th century crime. You will meet suspicious characters, nefarious criminals and those that tracked them down...

From Wounded Fairies to Sweet Fanny Adams: a look at the early history of forensic science and policing

Friday 5 November 2021

14:00-15:00 or 18:00-19:00

The medical profession and criminal law have worked together over the millennia, from the Ancient Egyptians to the present day...