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Aurora Regional Fire Museum

53 North Broadway Street, Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 892-1572
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Aurora
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station. The museum is open...
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Thu - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Algonquin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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.

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Chicago, IL
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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Aurora, Illinois
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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 

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Hayward, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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.

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Aurora, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Aurora, Illinois
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120 reviews 120 reviews
53 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This place is a wealth of history and fun! The crew that runs the museum are passionate and friendly! The entry fee is minimal and it's close to everything you want to see in downtown Aurora. Don't miss it, it's fun for the whole family!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stopped in here on a rainy afternoon, on our way back to the train station after being at SciTech. David was very welcoming and interesting, and the museum is beautiful inside. There is plenty of information, but it wasn't overwhelming. The touch-screens give snippets of video, and there are hands-on parts to all the exhibits. My 10-year old son... More 

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chicagoland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Very informative interactive museum that shows fire fighter history including the Great Chicago fire. Lots of displays with hands on activities for children: bucket brigades, stick horses, helmets, hoses, videos, bells, fire engines, and more. We took the train to the Aurora train station and walked 2 short blocks to the museum. Very interesting for both adults and children and... More 

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Chicago
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

You would never expect a museum about the Fire Department to be in the heart of downtown Aurora. David the curator really tries to enterain the parties that come into the museum. We were there for a birthday party and the kids (boys and girls) really had fun.

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