Nee awww nee awww - kids, do you get excited when you hear that familiar sound of the fire siren? If you do, then you might want to visit the Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum where you can look into the history of firefighting in Rock Falls and get up close to real life fire engines!
The popular exhibits in the Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum are those big red shiny firetrucks themselves! They have a great fleet that kids will just love! Have you ever seen a 1928 Pirsch Fire Engine? How does it differ to the ones you see today?
You can compare it to the 1971 International fire engine, or even the 1975 Rock Falls 42 Engine. Don't miss the fun yellow 1987 Pierce Lance fire engine either!
The exhibits within the museum are filled with great artifacts that all tell the story of the fire department. There are fire fighter clothing, and tools they used to use to put out those fire, including historic helmets and hose pipes!
If you think it's only exhibits, think again! The museum put on family fun days across the year, where the family can enjoy inflatable fun, firefighting activities, and even fire truck rides! Don't forget about the FREE lunches!
Kids can look at the firefighting apparatus, as well as toy fire trucks, and even dress ups!
If you want to see something really historic, check out the 1884 Hose Cart, as well as pre-1900's fire equipment and uniforms, and historic photos. What a great way to learn!
So grab those helmets and slide down that pole - there's a fire to put out in Illinois!
Bring the whole family for a fun filled day. You'll be sure to learn something new!
At special events they offer a free lunch!
Healthy Eating You are more than welcome to take a sack lunch and they can provide tables for you. How nice of them!
Take I90 to I88 West, take Rock Falls Route 40 exit. Go through Rock Falls, turn left at last stoplight before the bridge. (W. 2nd St.) Museum is 3 blocks down on the left side.
School tours are available as well as fire safety instruction with their "Smoke House" where kids can dress up as firefighters and rescue a teddy bear or follow a hose through an obstacle course blindfolded!
Mugs, glasses, and postcards are available at their small gift shop, so bring that pocket money!
The museum is handicapped and stroller accessible.
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