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“A little gem!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aurora Regional Fire Museum

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
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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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“A little gem!”
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 could have stayed longer than the 45 minutes we were there (we had to catch a train), but my 8-year old daughter was done at 30 minutes.

This little gem is worth a visit. It takes about an hour to see it all, and it's interesting information you won't find elsewhere.

Visited August 2013
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“Very Interactive museum of fire fighter history”
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 a fun afternoon.

Visited July 2013
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“Entertaining and informative”
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.

Visited January 2013
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“Very interesting and well organized timeline of the fire service!! Things to keep kids entertained as well!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

The curator was just great!! Very welcoming and had a passion for the museum. Good for adults and kids! I would give it about 45 minutes to an hour depending...
The museum highlighted 3 aspects of fire service, getting water to the fire, rescuing people from the fire, and how to get there. It broke time into 5 time periods and followed the fire service in these 3 aspects.
The most organized fire fighter museum I have been to. Upstairs, the exhibit was about museums and specifically how object are archived and then how the museum has a few artifacts from the smuthsonian.
I would encourage all to take their kids and learn about the changes in the fire service!!

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