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Smokejumpers Visitor Center

Reserve Street, at west end of Missoula Airport, Missoula, MT
406-329-4900
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Ranked #2 of 19 Activities in Missoula
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Even though the Center was closed, the jumpers found the time to show us around. It was very interesting and my daughter loved seeing handsome tour guide who will remain nameless!

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Brooksville
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89 reviews 89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Toured the facility after viewing the museum exhibits. Located next tp MSO airport so it is a great way to spend time before a flight. Friendly staff . Small gift shop.

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Cranbrook, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Shows history of firefighting and usefulness of smokejumpers, qualifications, training, equipment. Also an actual old fire lookout cabin, fully equipped.

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Mill Valley, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We really enjoyed an hour at the Smokejumpers Visitor Center. In addition to the Visitor Center exhibits (which include a relocated fire lookout tower), we had a fascinating tour of the Smokejumpers' "ready room", parachute tower and packing room, and the DC-3 that carries the jumpers to fires. Our guide, Mary, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and enlisted the services of... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
42 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I read in the AAA Tour Book about the Aerial Fire Depot and the Missoula Smokejumpers Base and Visitor Center, and it piqued my interest. We had no difficulty locating the center. There were signs on I-90 and the facility was right next to the Missoula airport. Tours are scheduled on the hour and it is free. Our tour guide,... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

It was a fluke that the Smokejumpers Visitor Center caught my eye, and it is humbling and awe-inspiring. Especially as wildfires sweep through our nation, it is becoming more and more important that people understand there is research and science behind fighting fires. This tiny visitor center emphasizes the smokejumper's commitment and expertise. The exhibits include historical as well as... More

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Winnsboro, Louisiana
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

During our visit, we learned this center is the largest active smokejumper base in the world. We watched films of large forest firess, saw parachutes being refolded, saw the 200+ lb gear packs the jumpers wear, saw airplanes they jump from, viewed the sewing room where the smokejumpers make their own repairs to parachutes and other items, and learned about... More

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Brooksville
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89 reviews 89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had some time to kill before a flight from MSO and this museum is right next door. We lucked out and also were in time for a 1 hour tour of the facility by a Smokejumper stationed there. Even got inside one of the planes ready for the next mission. Very interesting how they are set up to react... More

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cleveland, ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

To see the training and personal responsibility these individuals have is incredible. We were also on the tour with a group of soldiers from airborne paratroopers.. Be prepared to be humbled! Bravery is their middle name.

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Missoula, Montana, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Such a fun and exciting spot. The sewing room and the parachute rooms are fun surprises. I learn something everytimd I go here. AlwYs something new going on.

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