Aurora Regional Fire Museum

53 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505 - United States





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 preserves and exhibit the artifacts and history of Aurora and surrounding area fire departments, as well as teach and promote fire safety and prevention.


Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued
The exhibit traces the evolution of the tools and technology used by firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket from the early 1800s. Snap closed an authentic “quick-hitch” fire horse collar. Discover what was found under the floor boards of the old central fire station. Marvel at the strange looking Vajen-Bader smoke mask. Explore the differences in fire hose nozzles. Learn why some pieces of fire apparatus are called combinations, triples, quads, or quints. See and hear how modern fire engines clear 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.

Teamwork, Brotherhood, and Change
Firefighting is a career unlike any other. When a new recruit enters the fire station, they are struck by the rich traditions and enormous responsibility of the job. Over time, this strange environment will become their home, and the others who work here, their brothers. This exhibit is compiled from the stories and recollections of retired Aurora firefighters. These are their experiences working on the job and living in the firehouse. This exhibit shares what it was like to be an Aurora firefighter in the last half of the Twentieth Century.

Children’s Discovery Room

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