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Firefighters Hall and Museum, Minneapolis

664 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55418 United States
Admission: $8.00
Adults $8.00; Children (3-12) $5.00; $7.00 Seniors
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. Closed
Wed. Closed
Thu. Closed
Fri. Closed
Sat. 09:00 AM - 04:00 AM
Sun. Closed
Ride Truck is available April 1st through October 31st, weather permitting and at the discretion of museum staff.

Anne's family finds the Firefighters Hall and Museum to be a great summer visit.

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So it’s late July and you’re looking for a place to take the kids and cool off. Bet you’d never think of the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis, huh? I never guessed my kids would leave soaked to the skin either, but they did and they had a marvelous time getting there. I should have realized what was going to happen when two of the volunteers who run the museum started filling up these cool, old-fashioned hand pumpers with hoses attached. And brought out the bucket of squirters. (And then totally left us to our own devices out back behind the building.) I think one-third of the kids’ aim went towards fighting fires on the “fire wall” display and the other two-thirds went squarely at each other.

Luckily, we’d seen a good chunk of the museum before the waterworks. I appreciated all the hands-on touches, such as the chance to:

  • climb into a fire truck cab and operate the lights, tinker with the switches
  • steer a ladder truck in a simulator
  • pull an old fire alarm box and find out how the signal was received in re-created “Station 8″
  • work an old fire station switchboard
  • slide down the pole!
  • try on firefighter duds
  • And take a ride through the neighborhood on a real fire truck! (Make sure to eat your lunch at least an hour in advance. Really.) Currently, the website lists the rides as summer months only.

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Birthday parties at the Firefighters Hall and Museum
Birthday parties at the Firefighters Hall and Museum

Birthday Parties at the Firefighters Hall and Museum

Birthday parties start at $125 and are scheduled for a 2-1/2 hour time block. Parties can can accommodate up to 100 people, however guests over the first $20 cost extra. Parties are scheduled for 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. on Saturdays.

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This article was originally written March 19, 2015
Anne's Review was added  in July 2017
and details most recently updated September 10, 2019

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