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Aurora Regional Fire Museum

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Address: 53 North Broadway Street, Aurora, IL 60505
Phone Number: 16302564140
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Thu - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora's old Central Fire...

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station. The museum is open to the public regular hours, and features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters.The museum's primary exhibit, "Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued" traces the evolution of the tools and technology used by firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket from the early 1800s. See the horse stalls and the "real" fire horses. Discover what was found under the floor boards of the old central fire station. Marvel at the strange looking Vajen-Bader smoke mask. See and hear how modern fire apparatus clears the streets with sirens, air horns, and devices that change traffic lights green. Watch vintage film clips of firefighters and fire engines on one of five video touch-screens. All this in addition to five pieces of fire apparatus on display in a fully restored 1894 fire station.

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Great place for the fireman or buff in your life

Excellent place to go for the fireman or buff in your life. Curator David Lewis is a real gem. Excellent displays and a great restoration

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Fred O
Naperville, Illinois

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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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173 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This little museum has displays starting back in the 1800's up til present day technology. It has story boards of large old fires, old equipment and a small gift shop.

1 Thank Randy R
Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Excellent place to go for the fireman or buff in your life. Curator David Lewis is a real gem. Excellent displays and a great restoration

Thank Fred O
Aurora, Illinois
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a very cool building, museum, educational center all rolled into one. If you like history, fire, fire trucks etc.... this is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon. A true historical gem. If David is there ask him lots of questions. He is a fire house encyclopedia.

1 Thank Mauree G
Sykesville, Maryland
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254 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Our visit to the fire museum was late on a Saturday afternoon. We were the only visitors there at that time and we had a chance to explore the entire museum with our young nieces and other family members. The museum is very good, easy to tour, and well laid out. There was a really good holiday ginger bread house... More 

Thank FF13
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55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a very unique building with a fabulous past of horse drawn fire wagons to steam engine fire trucks, that almost met the wrecking ball by one mayor. But the Grand building survived and was repaired to and elegant museum with grand history. The museum is also set up with videos and hands on displays for the kids age... More 

1 Thank Redrosebud2014
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Definitley worth taking the kids. The boys enjoyed the firetrucks and I enjoyed learning a bit more about our firefighters. You need about an hour.

Thank Jessica Q
Chicago, IL
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

After driving past it many times, we finally stopped to visited the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. It is a hidden treasure. Housed in an old fire station, filled with old fire trucks & interesting interactive exhibits, it easily kept us entertained for several hours. The on site director, Debbie, was a fountain of information & her young intern was also... More 

3 Thank Ellen34
Aurora, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This museum is great for kids of all ages (my son is three). There is a variety of activities/exhibits that appeal to preschoolers, older kids, teens and adults! A great place for family fun, field trips, parties, etc. The staff is very knowledgeable and they interact with the kids very well, keeping them engaged. It's like walking into history. Plus,... More 

Thank zoinks209
Hayward, California
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115 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

a well presented history of firefighting from early American times to the present, all inside an authentic fire station house. For smaller children, there was a story area.

1 Thank Ann H
Aurora, Illinois
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

What a great museum, and what better place than in the old Aurora Fire Department located right next door to the current AFD! This place is great for anyone interested in the history of the Aurora Fire Department and they have some terrific displays and a wealth of information! And yes, they even have a gift shop for the kids!... More 

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