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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 #1 of 16 activities in Missoula
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Aurora, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Missoula, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I think this is a must see for anyone interested in learning about the smokejumpers and the intense training they go through to become smoke jumpers. They are one awesome breed!

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Stevensville, Montana
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119 reviews 119 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You will learn what the word 'appreciation' means after the visit to the Smokejumpers Visitor Center. Men and Women are putting their lives on the line every time a fire call is made, and the environment is which they work is horrendous. The center gives an excellent overview!

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Ocala, FL
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I had a personal tour of the smokejumpers quarters in February 2013. Due to the off-season, a reservation had to be made and the gift shop was closed. I was able to see parachutes being packed and the sign-off requirements utilitzed, the sewing room where they repair gear, the tower where parachutes were hung to dry & to be inspected... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I went there for my 5 year old grandson's birthday party ~ he is all about the smokejumpers and firefighters! The visitor's center is small but interesting. The tour was very informative ~ so much cool stuff to see and learn about. Erin, the smokejumper, was wonderful and amazingly patient with all the kid s'(and adult) questions. The smokejumping monkey... More

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Richfield, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The center was a little small and it was interesting for adults, but I was hoping it would have a few more things to interest our 5 year old because it does have potential.

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