We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Worth the visit, big on history, lots to see, great historical video and train station!”

Hinckley Fire Museum
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Hinckley
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Museum dedicated to informing visitors about the fatal fire and tornado that claimed the lives of more than 400 people in Hinckley, Minn.
Reviewed July 2, 2011

Amazing story of the great fire of 1894 and how it the firestorm could be seen as far south as Iowa. The museum is in the train depot and includes the men's and women's waiting rooms, beanery, freight room and depot agent's apartment. A short video is shown to tell details of the tragic day when so many people lost their lives and how they attempted to leave Hinckley as the fire raged across the land. Many educational items have been collected and donated for this authentic museum which makes it one of the most interesting places to visit. When traveling between through Hinckley it is well worth the stop! (it's closed on Mondays)

Thank Linenminnesota
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (37)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

35 - 37 of 37 reviews

Reviewed September 27, 2008

This museum is not about just a bad forest fire. The fire this museum is about was a tornado of fire burning over FIVE MILES high into the sky--a pure wall of fire. The stories the museum told were amazing. I stopped by the museum a few years ago, and still can't believe the story of that fire. Don't miss this museum. (It is a very sobering story. You're going to need tissues.)

Thank lbs720
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 7, 2005

My family and I toured this Museum based on friends' recommendations.
Like I say in my title "The Trees are Baack", if not for the museum and
talked about stories of this horrendous -WIPED the town out save for 2
bldgs/structures- event(s) I would not believe it.
The town of Hinckley recovered just fine. It is overrun with trees trees trees and did I say TREES, the oldest ones being less than 111 years old.

The museum charges for its walking/video presentation tour. Seniors
get a discount. My big gripe is that gal who took the money just
out and out dissed my elderly relatives and would not acknowledge that
one was in visible pain, or that both obviously are Old Folks.
Yeah sure no canes used, but why should a person have
to use a cane as proof of hurting. Absurd. I commented about her rude
attitude on the guestbook too. obnoxious voice: "we dont take discover"

The displays/ write-ups and the show about the FIRESTORM was worth it.

6  Thank Stpauliaina
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Hinckley Fire Museum also viewed

 

Been to Hinckley Fire Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing