Firefighters are some of our greatest heroes. They have worked tirelessly day and night to keep people safe. If you want to take some time out of your day to honor and learn more about firefighters, then look no further than the Hall of Flame Museum.
The Hall of Flame Museum is located on Van Buren Street in Phoenix. You can reach it either by taking the light rail and walking from the Priest Dr/Washington platform or taking bus route 56.
The Hall of Flame says it is the largest museum of firefighting in the world. I went down to the museum to see it for myself. After purchasing a ticket, I was given the option to take a binder that has all the details of the museum’s exhibits, or simply scan a QR code to bring that info to my phone.
Stepping into the museum I found myself walking through hundreds of years of firefighter history from around the world. The museum has rows of equipment and fire engines including a fire engine made back in 1725. The museum has firefighting tools from America, England and even Japan.
The Hall of Flame has something for the whole family to enjoy. While most fire engines can not be touched, the museum includes one special fire truck where you can pop on a helmet and sit in the driver’s seat. There’s also a section just for kids to have fun and learn important fire safety tips.
The Hall of Flame goes above and beyond just housing fire equipment. The museum has recreated the Phoenix Fire Department’s alarm room system used for 30 years until 1982. The system is equipped with a scanner playing actual Phoenix Fire transmissions in real time. The museum also has a room that recreates a brick firehouse that you would see in the 19th century complete with a horse drawn fire engine and authentic fire alarm system.
Most importantly, the Hall of Flame honors those who gave their lives fighting fires in the Hall of Heroes. The gallery includes the names of thousands of firefighters honoring them for their acts of heroism. The museum also has special memorials for the first responders of 9-11 and the firefighters who died in the line of duty fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.
Admission for the museum is $12 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-17 $6 for kids three to five and free for kids under three. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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