There are some places I never get tired of visiting, the Firefighters Hall and Museum is one of them. You may think this is a museum for kids, because kids love fire trucks and all things related to firefighters, while that may be true, this museum is so much more. There is a very rich history to firefighting and the brave souls that fight them. We are all familiar with some of the more well known fires in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, it's really fascinating to learn about them. The volunteers who staff the museum have a wealth of information about the fires and the equipment that has been used. We will see how firefighting went from bucket brigades to the modern equipment used today. The museum features over 12,000 square feet of historic items from Minnesota fire departments dating back to the 1860′s. so if someone had a relative who may have been a firefighter in 1901, and you wanted to see a photo, you can go into the records and see what Uncle Bob looked like.There are fire trucks, fire equipment, historic photos of fires and other interesting things related to local history. Definitely bring your camera, you can take all the photos you wish.
- admission: Adults - $6.00, Seniors (65+) - $5.00, Children (3-12) - $3.00, please add $3.00 for Meetup expenses. We will collect the fee from each person and will make one payment for the group. We have a limit of 30 people. Consider your RSVP a commitment and if your plans change, give someone else a chance to come.
The museum collection includes a Thief River Falls steam pumper, a 1919 Mankato aerial ladder, a 1932 Minneapolis FWD engine, other historic firefighting apparatus, and equipment. The museum also houses a library with an extensive collection of literature on fire department apparatus, department histories, department records, and periodicals. In addition to the firefighting equipment, there is a real thought provoking exhibit of the I-35W bridge collapse and the astonishing rescue.
The guides are very enthusiastic and really get into telling stories and they are very good at answering all of our questions. I've save the best part for last. We get to take a firetruck ride, it's so cool, this is when we can live our childhood (or adult) fantasy. I generally go twice, once inside the truck and once outside on top. You are welcome to do the same.
For this Meetup, you are welcome to bring your kids or grandkids (who do well in adult groups), after all it wouldn't be fair not to bring them.
Following our visit, we will gather at a local restaurant for food and socializing. I will post where that will be prior to our tour.
The museum is easy to find. It is located near Edison High School, look for the firetruck sitting on the street. There is plenty of free parking in the museum lot.