Phoenix Hall of Flame
Firefighter and fire engine museum
Recommended by: Thomas the Train and kids every where!
Firetrucks are the coolest thing ever! I tottally want to be a fire man! I never knew there is so many different types of fire engines and stuff. There were hundreds of different engines here, and it is so cool to think about being a firefighter so long ago! My favorite part was getting to actually talk to the firefighters and learn what it is like to really do their job.
This museum is smoking hot! For all those who have ever dreamed of being a firefighter, the Hall of Flame museum in Phoenix is a dream come true, and there is something there that will appeal to everyone. Filled with historical pieces from the last three hundred years, the museum is a mecca for history buffs and fire-fighting fans, but all visitors will enjoy learning about the fire-fighting profession as they explore the six exhibit bays with displays dating back as far as 1725.
The museum is logically organized, starting with the first bay which showcases hand and horse drawn vehicles, then the following bays are divided amongst various styles of motorized carriages and a final display bay on wildland firefighting. There is a very interesting display of older fire helmets from around the world, which looks like something right out of the movies. Additionally, the fabulous hands on fire safety display in bay four which is sure to capture the attention of even the youngest visitors. Probably, though, one of the most interesting displays is the wildland firefighting gallery found in the fifth bay. This section was added by the US Fire Service several years ago, and it is the only gallery in the country dedicated to the units that make up the Wildland Firefighting Corps.
The final gallery is a solemn salute to firefighters who have died in service, with a computer database of firefighters who lost their lives on duty. This gallery also houses one of the most beautiful pieces in the museum - a nearly life-sized fiery-copper colored horse sculpture saddled, but riderless except for a pair of reversed boots. It stands as a final tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York.
For educators, it is important to note that this museum has several different education programs that can be arranged for students. Costs range from no cost to several dollars per student to participate in the different programs.
The museum does have a small gift shop, but the selection is limited to a small range of tees and some literature. Though there is no café or restaurant on the premises, there are other places to eat or grab snacks outside the museum in Papago Park.
Note: Check the website occasionally to find out when the museum is holding their open house. On these days, there are even more hands on activities like hand pumping fire engines, face painting, games and more.
6101 East Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008
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