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“Nice place with a couple of negatives...”

North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center
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Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

We spent an hour looking at the super shiney historic fire trucks and memorabilia today.

The collection of trucks really is remarkable and fun to photograph. The movie on fire hazards in the home was interesting and educational. The talking life-like fireman was a hit with my boys.

It was disappointing that the primary interactive theater that is the centerpiece of the museum experience was not operational...and based on the brass engraved sign stating it's closure, I'm guessing it is not just a short-term closure. Secondarily, the badge printer (another of the interactive elements) was also malfunctioning. Unfortunately we had no way to know this until after we spent 15 minutes trying to get it to work.


The gift shop is sparingly stocked and could do with some merchandising. We got t-shirts but there were no postcards, stickers, pencils, etc to be found.

We enjoyed our visit but wish the interactive parts had been operating at 100%.

Thank bellevuebelle
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Great museum. Even for toddlers that can stay put. The interactive fire truck and fire pole were really neat. Worth going to. Not huge, just the right size for kids!! Also tanger outlets in same driveway!! Moms could go shopping and boys to fire musuem!!!

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Kids love this place, and we liked it as it was free for military families in the summer. The fire move spooked our little one, but she loved the fire engines and the slides inside. Very well done and informative center.

Thank AF_Travellers
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a GREAT MUSEUM! At least 20 fire trucks from different decades. Interactive sets. Slide & firehouse pole for the kids. Well done, very enjoyable. We've visited this at least 3 times and will go back.

Thank jann m
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This museum exceeded my expectations. While not large in size compared to other museums, there are numerous hands-on activities. We really enjoyed our visit. It reminded me of something you might see in Innovations at Epcot.

Thank greatestfam
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