It's all about exploring the fascinating history of firefighting and celebrating those brave men and women who fight the flames at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, in Arizona!
This Phoenix museum features almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display that date from 1725 to 1969! Kids, can you imagine how firefighting has changed over the years?
Most of the exhibits are American, but they also have pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan so it's interesting to see how even the techniques and apparatus change throughout the world.
There are six exhibit galleries within the museum, with each of the exhibits featuring information panels so you can really learn about what you are seeing.
Yes kids, the museum exhibits actually feature real life fire engines too - and they really do change design over the decades - AND there is even a fire engine that you can board! Grab that camera, because pictures are welcome, and it's great hands-on fun for the kids.
That fun can continue in the exhibit that features even more hands-on fun for kids!
The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism, and is also dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting in the US.
A fascinating insight into the history of firefighting in Phoenix!
The Hall of Flame is in the Phoenix Papago Park at 6101 East Van Buren Street, across Van Buren from the Phoenix Zoo, and next door to Phoenix Municipal Baseball Stadium. The museum is located near the borders of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, and is less than a 10 minute drive from many of the hotels and motels in these cities. The museum is also less than a 10 minute drive from Sky Harbor International Airport.Get directions
$10 (Ages 3 to 5), $15 students (Ages 6 to 17)
$15 for seniors
Grab something to eat in the area, there are plenty of places!
Most visitors require at least an hour to tour the galleries. It's not unusual for visitors with a special interest in firefighting to spend several hours in the galleries.
The Museum Store has a wide variety of items for sale, including shirts and books!
The Hall of Flame offers a wide variety of education programs. Many are designed for children from ages 4 to 11. Curator of Education Mark Moorhead has designed a range of tours for children in this age group
Give them a call to ask about the accessibility of the museum and exhibits, they will be happy to answer any questions
The Hall of Flame hosts birthday parties for groups of 10 to 40 adults and children on Saturdays. The parties all include tables and kids' activities in the Hall's air conditioned Fire Safety Exhibit Area, fire safety videos, and tours of the museum. A 1952 fire engine is available for boarding.