The Hall of Flame Museum in Phoenix is America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air-conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits that tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. Almost seventy restored pieces of fire apparatus are on exhibit, dating from a hand drawn English fire engine built in 1725 to a forty foot long, twelve foot high snorkel fire engine dating from 1971. Other exhibits display rare insurance fire mark, beautiful 19th century lithographs by Currier and Ives, operating fire alarm equipment, and exhibits of helmets, scale models, ladders, escape nets, and specialized firefighting tools.
A gallery is dedicated to American wildland firefighters, including personal equipment, a full size replica of a lookout cabin, and a fully restored brush truck from Los Angeles, California.
Another gallery contains the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, with the names of over nine thousand American firefighters who have died in the line of duty from 1800 to the present day, as well as the names and photos of American firefighters who have been recognized for acts of heroism.
Kids and their parents can learn about the most important basics of fire safety behavior in the learning center, which includes a number of hands on activities for children. A 1951 American La France fire engine is available for boarding.
All of the exhibits are accessible to the handicapped and there is plenty of free parking adjacent to the museum.
The Hall is in the Phoenix Papago Park, across Van Buren Street from the Phoenix Zoo and near the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Memorial Baseball Stadium. The Museum is about a ten-minute drive from Sky Harbor Airport.