One of the Valley’s lesser-known museums, The Hall of Flame Fire Museum features more than 10,000 pieces of fire equipment from 1725 to 1969. The pieces, which include 130 wheeled vehicles, plus suits, tools, extinguishers and other artifacts, come from the firefighting traditions of America, England, France, Austria, Germany and Japan.
In addition, the museum holds the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which lists all fallen firefighters since 1981 and includes a display honoring the heroes of 9/11. There’s also a database of firefighters recognized for bravery.
For kids, there’s a 2,000 square foot exhibit area devoted to fire safety, which lets children learn through hands-on interaction.
Location: 6101 East Van Buren St., Phoenix
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-17 and $2 for ages 3-5.
– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org