2. Musée des Pompiers Auxilliaires

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Pompier auxilliaire is French for volunteer firefighter. The name says it all, as this is a museum dedicated to the history of firefighters, more specifically to those that have served in Montreal since it became a public service in 1863. It showcases the evolution of firefighting equipment throughout the years and the climatic and geographic particularities that Montreal firefighters have  had to deal with. Each visitor is given a tour by a volunteer and if the fire trucks aren’t out being used (there is a real fire station in the building), you may get to go up and sit inside one of them.