Tucked away in a corner of the Papago Park and across the street from the Phoenix Zoo is one of the most memorable museums in Phoenix. The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting is an off-the-beaten path treasure that is located within minutes of downtown. The most extensive of its kind, this is an all-things-firefighting attraction that’s worth taking in.
With almost an acre of fire history exhibits, this museum has the largest collection of firefighting apparatus in the United States. More than 130 of the earliest steam and motorized fire engines and equipment from the United States, Europe, and Japan are on display in this one location. Dating from 1725 to 1969, these historical items are housed in multiple galleries, along with exhibits of uniforms, helmets, fire hydrants, and memorabilia. There’s a dispatch room that contains original radio equipment used up until 1985, as well as the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which is a tribute to those who were killed in the line of duty. For the youngsters, there’s a Children’s Safety House complete with firefighting pole, costumes, and hands-on activities.
Adult admission prices are $7, and children 6 – 17 years are $5. However, be sure to attend next Saturday, October 26th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, because admission is FREE. That’s when the fifteenth annual Fire House Fun Day will take place. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for a minimal price, and there will also be games, a craft fair, and other family activities. Smokey the Bear will pay a visit and youngsters who are wearing costumes will receive FREE goodie bags. Proceeds will benefit the volunteer and community outreach programs, so bring the family and support a good cause. The address is 6101 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix. For more information, please call 602-275-3473 (602-275-FIRE). A link to the website can be found here.