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Aurora Regional Fire Museum

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Address: 53 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505-3328
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+1 630-256-4140
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Thu - Fri 12:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora's old Central Fire...

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 hidden gem

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 August 2016
Saint Charles, Illinois
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

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 interesting and interactive exhibits on the history of firefighting, with special emphasis on (although not exclusively about) the operations of the Aurora Fire... More 

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North Aurora, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

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.

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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

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 firefighters who worked in the building and area. Recommended donation of $5 per adult and $3 per child is well worth the visit here.

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Racine, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

This little museum has displays starting back in the 1800's up til present day technology. It has story boards of large old fires, old equipment and a small gift shop.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

Excellent place to go for the fireman or buff in your life. Curator David Lewis is a real gem. Excellent displays and a great restoration

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

This is a very cool building, museum, educational center all rolled into one. If you like history, fire, fire trucks etc.... this is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon. A true historical gem. If David is there ask him lots of questions. He is a fire house encyclopedia.

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Sykesville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014

Our visit to the fire museum was late on a Saturday afternoon. We were the only visitors there at that time and we had a chance to explore the entire museum with our young nieces and other family members. The museum is very good, easy to tour, and well laid out. There was a really good holiday ginger bread house... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

This is a very unique building with a fabulous past of horse drawn fire wagons to steam engine fire trucks, that almost met the wrecking ball by one mayor. But the Grand building survived and was repaired to and elegant museum with grand history. The museum is also set up with videos and hands on displays for the kids age... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Definitley worth taking the kids. The boys enjoyed the firetrucks and I enjoyed learning a bit more about our firefighters. You need about an hour.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

After driving past it many times, we finally stopped to visited the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. It is a hidden treasure. Housed in an old fire station, filled with old fire trucks & interesting interactive exhibits, it easily kept us entertained for several hours. The on site director, Debbie, was a fountain of information & her young intern was also... More 

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