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Smokejumpers Visitor Center

Address: Reserve Street, at west end of Missoula Airport, Missoula, MT
Phone Number: 406-329-4900
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Ranked #7 of 24 Attractions in Missoula
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This visitor center is right next to the airport. If you have time to or from the airport I would greatly recommend it because it is not out of the way. Personally, I would not venture too far unless this is really your interest. That said, it has great exhibits and details. My favorite part was where they depicted a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
45 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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