I have a fondness for all things quirky and amusing when I travel around the country. The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting not only fits both of those descriptions, but it’s also wonderful.
It’s wonderful that this massive museum pays homage to the brave men and women who work and sacrifice in this profession; it’s wonderful that volunteers enjoy giving their time to keep it running; and it’s wonderful that there’s a place where all of these beautiful vehicles can be seen by the public!
The Hall of Flame Museum is a must-see when looking for things to do in Phoenix. Here are five reasons it’s worth visiting.
1. It’s Aesthetically Pleasing – Unless You Hate Red.
The first thing you notice as you walk through the front doors of the Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum is that it’s red and shiny! Most all of the trucks and antique firefighting wagons on display are red and beautifully polished!
2. Each Of The Trucks Has A Story
Not only are each of these trucks and antique firefighting wagons cool to look at, most of them have a story that came with it. The volunteers that work at the museum are great at pointing out vehicles that have some sort of connection to your hometown or places you’re interested in. One of the older gentleman (on a motor scooter) got the biggest kick out of sharing trivia about the trucks each time he spotted me taking a picture.
3. The Hall of Flame Museum Is GREAT For Kids!
What kid doesn’t love the sight of a big firetruck? While nearly all of the vehicles on display are hands-off due to their value, kids can climb on one of the firetrucks in the rear gallery. They can even turn the lights on and off with a button by the steering wheel. There’s even a play area near back of the museum where kids can climb around to their hearts content.
4. See Patches From Fire Stations Worldwide!
It was REALLY cool to see patches from fire stations all over the world – neatly displayed behind glass all over the museum. Thousands of them!
5. See A Restored Truck That Was Destroyed On 9-11
One of the more touching exhibits is located in the back part of the museum where a fire truck from Queens, New York is on display. The brigade that traveled in this truck all lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 in New York City. The truck was badly damaged and considered a loss.
Volunteers at the Hall of Flame Museum were able to painstakingly repair and completely refurbish the entire truck to its former glory. Such an awesome way to pay tribute to the 9 firefighters that lost their lives that day.
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Where Is The National Firefighters Museum?
The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The address is: 6101 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008. It’s very close to the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden.
Where do I park for the Hall of Flame Museum?
There is ample free parking for the Hall of Flame Firefighters Museum on the side of the building.
How big is the Hall of Flame Museum?
It’s huge! At 35,000 square feet, the Hall of Flame Firefighters Museum is about the size of a Costco!
Is the Hall of Flame Museum good for kids?
Yes! Kids will love the bright red displays and of course the shiny firetrucks. There’s even one truck that kids can climb on and press a button that turns red, flashing siren lights on!
Can You Take Pictures Inside The Firefighting Museum?
Yes! The museum encourages visitors to take photos during their time inside the museum.
Discounted Tickets For The Hall of Flame Museum?
There may be opportunities for discounts for seniors and active duty firefighters and military. Check out the museum’s website for current deals and promotions!