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Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Aurora
(4.8/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • Went here, kind of on a lark, and were very pleasantly surprised. The museum itself is in the old Aurora Central Fire Station, so there's a lot of history in the space, and it's full of very interesti...  more »
  • One of the old time firehouses redone with equipment and stories galore. Well educated guides to help out with questions or just to fill in the blanks. 
  • Our family enjoyed stopping at this museum. Very old unique displays. A few hands on things for the kids and a great friendly staff to answer questions. A lot of old pictures of the former firefighter...  more »
Google
  • Ok people this place is the bomb. The history and fire trucks on display are outstanding. Be sure to check out the second floor. There's a hot stud up there in uniform. He's quiet but he's sweet on the eyes.
  • They charge admission for a 6 mth old.
  • We arrived on a Friday during the early afternoon, so the museum was empty except for a few incredibly helpful volunteers/curators. They quickly introduced us to the exhibits and the history of the museum, and asked for a bit of basic information about where we are from. They did note that the museum is largely funded by donations, so be sure to bring a bit of cash along to drop into the box before you walk the exhibit floor. The stations are set up based on 3 major time periods, with touch screens and hands-on history for children (or children-at-heart). Take your time reading through the text and looking at the pictures to get the full experience--the museum is small, and not reading these items will result in a very quick (almost unnecessary) visit. The most worthwhile part, for this reviewer, was the 3 classic fire engines (4 counting the steam-powered horse driven model) restored and presented on the museum floor. The small exhibit upstairs detailing items received from the Smithsonian and the purpose of museums in general seems a bit out of place, and very incomplete/in need of more specific purpose/curation. Hopefully that collection gets better funded so that a more permanent version with a more central vision can take place and help the items received fit more clearly into the museum.
  • I guess this place will fascinate everyone who is interested in the topic in general. Although I am not one of those fire "lovers", I was still intrigued. The way the staff organise the visiting process and the maintenance is admirable. Thank you for the experience!
  • Dave, the museum curator, did an outstanding job making this piece of history come to life. Whether or not you're a firefighter this exhibit is poised to show how firefighting has evolved through the years and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face.