I always think it is a huge bonus when learning can be combined with fun. The Firefighters Hall and Museum in Minneapolis happens to be one of those places. It is not open daily, so you might need to plan ahead a bit for it to work with your schedule. The museum is only open Saturdays, and during the week by appointments only for tours. If you are lucky enough you might even be able to get a firetruck ride, if you go during the summer and the weather cooperates. There is a reasonable admission charge to get in, Adults – $7.00, Seniors (65+) – $6.00 Children (3-12) – $4.00.
The museum collection includes a Thief River Falls steam pumper, a 1919 Mankato aerial ladder, a 1932 Minneapolis FWD engine, other historic firefighting apparatus, and equipment. The museum also houses a library with an extensive collection of literature on fire department apparatus, department histories, department records, and periodicals. In addition to all that history is a wonderful event hall that is perfect for many occasions including a child’s birthday party, corporate meetings, and social gatherings. We are open on Saturdays 9-4. Weekday group tours (minimum of 20, maximum of 50) and hall rentals are available by appointment.
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Kristi is married with twin girls in high school. She grew up on a small dairy farm, but now lives in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. She enjoys finding free or thrifty things to do whether they are outings close to home or last minute adventures to far-away places.
Kristi can also be found enjoying estate sales, attempting to garden, volunteering in the wetlands or a favorite thrift store, or maybe just enjoying a good play in one of the many theatre venues in the area.