The Bill and Bonnie Daniels Firefighters Hall and Museum is an ideal museum for parents with active children. It combines activities, an educational component, modest admission fees and a compact size that guarantees that small children won’t get overwhelmed and melt down.
Located in Northeast Minneapolis, just a few blocks off of Central Avenue, the museum offers a chance for children to slide down a fire pole, wear firefighter’s gear, pull the alarm in a fire alarm box, and in the summer months, ride in a fire engine and pump water into an apartment façade. Along with this fun comes education about fire safety and a history of fire fighting in Minneapolis. The museum houses a collection of engines, starting with a horse-drawn one that served the city until the 1930s, along with assorted gear spanning the decades.
Many of the volunteers who work at the museum are former firefighters and their first-hand knowledge of the topic add to the experience. But the museum isn’t just for children. There is a resource library for people interested in researching the history of firefighting and of individual Minneapolis and St. Paul firefighters.
The museum is open Saturdays from 9 to 4. It is open weekdays for school and homeschool groups by appointment.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for 65+, and $3 for 3 to 12.