The Hall of Flame Fire Museum: A Must-See
Visitors to Phoenix, Arizona should pay a visit to the must-see Hall of Flame Fire Museum. The museum, which also incorporates the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, was founded in 1961 by George F. Getz Jr., and is sponsored by the National Historical Fire Foundation.
The family-friendly site boasts almost an acre of exhibits illustrating the history of firefighting. Visitors can view over 90 fully restored items of firefighting apparatus dating from as early as 1725 right up to the most recent piece from 1969. The majority of the exhibits on display originate from the United States but there are also pieces from all over the parts of the world including Japan, France, the UK, Germany and Austria.
Firefighting is a dangerous and highly skilled occupation and this is reflected in the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes exhibit. This poignant gallery honours the many brave firefighters tragically killed in the line of duty as well as paying tribute to those who have been decorated for their heroism.
In 2003 a new gallery was opened to recognise the history of wildland firefighting in the US. Fascinating displays tell the story of wildland firefighting including the roles of the hotshots, smoke-jumpers, helitack and engine crews, air tankers and lookouts who make up the backbone of the profession.
The museum has a store and also runs an education program and tours. Open days are held periodically and further information about what’s on offer can be found on the museum’s website.
Location and opening times
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum is located in Phoenix; 6101 East Van Buren Street. It’s open to visitors Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 12noon until 4pm.
- Adults - $7
- Students - $5
- Kids (aged 3 to 5) - $2
- Seniors - $6
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