The Denver Firefighters Museum in Denver, CO is a great place to take the kids, and the whole family. This museum has a number of activities going on, as well as exhibits that are sure to spark the fires of interest in the history of firefighting in Denver.
The museum is located in downtown Denver and it is housed in the original first fire station that the city had - Fire Station No. 1. It was built in 1909, and is an 11,000 square feet facility that provides four main galleries.
Inside the museum, the galleries provide different themes for the visitors. The main floor has six different themes. These include the various aspects of firefighting - how the message is communicated, the tools used in firefighting, the vehicles used, which includes the hand-pulled, the horse-drawn, to the modern vehicles, the methods of firefighting, and some of the other duties that firefighters must perform today.
A number of hands-on activities are sure to interest the young ones. The museum uses child-size firefighting gear, has a pole and fire truck their size, and some real tools that they can touch, too. Along the way, fire safety is taught in a way that the children can understand and enjoy.
The second floor of the museum is designed to show visitors the life of the firefighter. This includes their training, a history of some of the large fires in the Denver area, and a tour of the living quarters.
A special children's gallery is also in the museum, and it allows family interaction. The message of fire prevention is reinforced here, and the activities include computers, a puppet theater, a video center, and more.
The tours through the museum are self-guided, and electronic interpretive guides are used to provide explanations of the exhibits. The guides are available in English, Spanish, German, Russian, and French. A special guide for families is available in English and Spanish and will guide families through the various hands on activities. Other tours are available for school groups, or you can get a trunk program or an in-class presentation. There is also a separate guided tour for seniors (50-minute guided with a 20-minute presentation).
Several special events are planned throughout the year for different ages, and several of them are for families and children. There are Wee Wednesdays, which are for children 2-5 and covers fire safety. There is a cost and reservations are required. It is a six-week session offered in spring and in the fall. The Firehouse Tales for Tots is story time accompanied with puppetry, finger plays and more. For ages 2-6, it is on the first Wednesday of each month.
Other activities include Fire Safety Week, a Mother's Day Tea, Father's Day Spaghetti Dinner, Fun at the Firehouse, and many more. There are also some fundraisers, which includes a Murder in Margaritaland Mystery Dinner, and more.
The Denver Firefighters Museum in Denver, CO can also be used to host your next event. They have an available space of 3,000 square feet that can accommodate up to 150 people. Your event can be catered, too, and guests can also see the exhibits.