Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Aurora Regional Fire Museum The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station. The museum is open Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket from the early 1800s.

The museum's primary exhibit, "Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued" traces the evolution of the tools and technology used by firefighters. See the horse stalls and the "real" fire horses. Discover what was found under the floor boards of the old central fire station. Marvel at the strange looking Vajen-Bader smoke mask. See and hear how modern fire apparatus clears the streets with siren

s, 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.

Thursday marks the 90th Anniversary of the fire at the Woolworth Five and Dime located at 19-21 South Broadway. On Janua...
01/08/2024

Thursday marks the 90th Anniversary of the fire at the Woolworth Five and Dime located at 19-21 South Broadway. On January 11, 1934, the Aurora Fire Department suffered the most tragic day in its history. The Woolworth Store fire claimed the lives of three Aurora firefighters: Captain John Petersohn, Captain Herbert L. Reiss, and Firefighter Charles Hoffman.

Please join the Aurora -IL Fire Department in remembering these firefighters' ultimate sacrifice during the 90th Woolworth Fire Memorial Ceremony at 8:30am on Thursday, January 11, at 19-21 South Broadway, next to the Venue.

Come by and see us at the Early Literacy Expo at Aurora Public Library. We are here until 1pm!
01/06/2024

Come by and see us at the Early Literacy Expo at Aurora Public Library. We are here until 1pm!

Happy New Year from the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! We are excited to see what 2024 has in store for everyone!
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! We are excited to see what 2024 has in store for everyone!

It has been 120 years since the deadliest theater fire in history. For the manatee performance of “Mr. Blue Beard,” on D...
12/31/2023

It has been 120 years since the deadliest theater fire in history.
For the manatee performance of “Mr. Blue Beard,” on December 30, 1903 at the Iroquois Theatre the audience was at least over capacity by 400 people. At the beginning of the second act, around 3pm, an arc light sparked a fire on a nearby curtain. At first nobody panicked because the theater was deemed to be fire-proof. The stagehands worked to put the fire out, but the fire quickly spread and soon reached the flammable painted scenery. To try and keep the audience calm the actors continued the show. As the fire spread, so did the panic in the audience. Audience members desperately tried to escape but a few things made that difficult; the press of bodies prevented the inward opening doors closed, there was no working sprinkler system, and employees weren’t trained on emergency procedures. The biggest problem was that the theater only had one grand staircase and the front door was the only exit. The Iroquois Theater fire killed 600 people.

Image: DN-0001584, Chicago Daily News collection, Chicago History Museum

As 2023 comes to a close, here are three of the ways you can make an impact on the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. We thank...
12/28/2023

As 2023 comes to a close, here are three of the ways you can make an impact on the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. We thank you for your support and cannot wait to see you in 2024!

1. Become a member of the Fire Museum and enjoy free admission, a 10% discount in our museum store, e-newsletter, and more!

2. Contribute $55 in support of our 55th anniversary this fall! As a thank you, you will receive a numbered challenge coin and a beautiful ornament.

3. Share this post with your family and friends.

To become a member or make a contribution, please visit; https://aurora-regional-fire-museum.square.site/

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will be closed from December 24 to January 2. We will reopen with our normal hours on We...
12/23/2023

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will be closed from December 24 to January 2. We will reopen with our normal hours on Wednesday, January 3. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2024!

Holiday Puzzles for $15 today only! Stop by the museum anytime between 10am-9pm to get our holiday puzzles for only $15!...
12/16/2023

Holiday Puzzles for $15 today only! Stop by the museum anytime between 10am-9pm to get our holiday puzzles for only $15! They are perfect to have at any holiday event!!!

Stop by Society 57 and visit us at Art & Market. There is something for everyone, including some new items! We are here ...
12/16/2023

Stop by Society 57 and visit us at Art & Market. There is something for everyone, including some new items! We are here until 1pm.

Are you making plans for this week? Make sure they include a visit to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! ~ The museum is o...
12/12/2023

Are you making plans for this week? Make sure they include a visit to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum!

~ The museum is open Wednesday - Sunday for you to explore!
~ There will be free admission on Thursday from 4-7pm!
~ Visit us at Art and Market on Saturday from 9am-1pm Society 57.
~ Complete a free craft when you visit us on Sunday.

Today marks 65 years since the devastating fire on December 1, 1958 at the Our Lady of  the Angels Catholic School in th...
12/02/2023

Today marks 65 years since the devastating fire on December 1, 1958 at the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.
The fire started sometime between 2:00pm and 2:20pm in a paper-filled trash barrel located in the school’s basement. The fire burned undetected for 15 to 30 minutes filling the stairwell, heavy doors on the first floor prevented the fire from accessing that hallway but the second floor did not have the doors allowing the fire access to roam the hallway. The fire flashed through the cockloft above the classrooms.
By the time, the 329 children and teachers on the second floor realized there was a fire, their sole escape route was impassable.
By the time the first fire department arrived, the fire had been burning for at least 30 minutes and was raging out of control. Upon arrival, the firefighters were originally directed to the wrong building so valuable minutes were wasted having to reposition their trucks and hose lines to the correct location of the fire. The fire department was able to rescue more than 160 children.
In the end, 92 children and 3 nuns were killed as a result of the fire.
The fire sparked a nationwide change in school fire safety regulations.

Photograph: Chicago Tribune

We are down to our last two cases of mugs for the Cocoa Crawl in Aurora tomorrow! The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is ope...
11/30/2023

We are down to our last two cases of mugs for the Cocoa Crawl in Aurora tomorrow! The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is open until 7pm tonight for you to purchase your mugs and buttons.

You can also purchase your mug online to ensure there is one for you when you pick it up! Buy yours online: https://bit.ly/ADCocoaCrawlMugsOnline

To participate in the hot cocoa sampling during December’s First Fridays events, patrons will be required to have an official Cocoa Crawl mug and a new button for this year. The button acts as a ticket to the event.

~ Need a mug and button, grab both for $20.
~ Do you just want a mug? They are $18.
~ Buy a button for $10 if you already have a previous mug.

Start your end-of-year giving this Giving Tuesday, help us celebrate 55 years of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! Your s...
11/28/2023

Start your end-of-year giving this Giving Tuesday, help us celebrate 55 years of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! Your support helps to preserve the legacy of the fire service through our regional collections and exhibits while teaching fire safety and prevention.

Any gift of $55 or more will receive our exclusive 55th Anniversary challenge coin and Central Station Wreath ornament as a token of our appreciation.

Donate today at https://bit.ly/Donate2ARFM

We are running low on mugs for this Friday's Cocoa Crawl in Aurora sponsored by Aurora Downtown. Mugs are NOW AVAILABLE ...
11/27/2023

We are running low on mugs for this Friday's Cocoa Crawl in Aurora sponsored by Aurora Downtown.

Mugs are NOW AVAILABLE while supplies last at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. To participate in the hot cocoa sampling during December’s First Fridays events, patrons will be required to have an official Cocoa Crawl mug and a new button for this year. The button acts as a ticket to the event.

~ Need a mug and button, grab both for $20.
~ Do you just want a mug? They are $18.
~ Buy a button for $10 if you already have a previous mug.

Buy yours online: https://bit.ly/ADCocoaCrawlMugsOnline

Get yours before they sell out!

Our online Cyber Monday Deal is NOW AVAILABLE! Be among the first to receive our BRAND NEW Fire Museum Holiday Wreath Or...
11/27/2023

Our online Cyber Monday Deal is NOW AVAILABLE!

Be among the first to receive our BRAND NEW Fire Museum Holiday Wreath Ornament featuring Aurora's 1894 Central Station. Ornaments are on sale for $22 each for one day only. Order yours today by visiting https://bit.ly/ARFMShop . Orders can be shipped or picked up during regular museum hours.

Constructed in 1894, Aurora’s Central Station was home to the Aurora Fire Department until December 1980 when the new station opened next door. Designed by local architect John Edward Minott, it is recognized by its distinct onion dome and decorative facade. This building is now the Aurora Regional Fire Museum.

Stop by the Fire Museum this snowy Sunday and celebrate Museum Store Sunday with us. The museum is open from 11am-6pm. T...
11/26/2023

Stop by the Fire Museum this snowy Sunday and celebrate Museum Store Sunday with us. The museum is open from 11am-6pm.

Today only, pick up a Fire Museum or Aurora Fire Department Rocks Glass for $7 each or a Shot Glass for $3 each in our Museum Store.

Also, today is the last day to grab any of our exclusive holiday ornaments for $16 each!

Tis the season to be fire-safe! With all the holiday festivities, it is easy to forget how quickly it can go from the mo...
11/25/2023

Tis the season to be fire-safe! With all the holiday festivities, it is easy to forget how quickly it can go from the most wonderful time to the most devastating time of year. This video shares ways to keep your family safe while decorating your home.

Keep your family safe with these tips as you decorate your home this holiday season.

You do not want to sleep on these deals! Stop by the Fire Museum today from 10am-9pm to shop our Small Business Saturday...
11/25/2023

You do not want to sleep on these deals! Stop by the Fire Museum today from 10am-9pm to shop our Small Business Saturday Deals!

~ Photograph Coasters - $10 Each (save $2)
~ AFD Ceramic Mug - $8 Each (save $4)
~ AFD Metal Mug - $10 Each (save $5)
~ Museum Wine Tumbler - $15 Each (save $5)

These sales are only available today while supplies last.

Our Black Friday deals are now live! Pick up any of our custom fire apparatus ornaments for just $16 each (savings of $4...
11/23/2023

Our Black Friday deals are now live! Pick up any of our custom fire apparatus ornaments for just $16 each (savings of $4 per ornament). Take your pick from:

~ 1869 Amoskeag Steamer (2023 Ornament)
~ 1921 Stutz Engine
~ 1942 ALF Engine
~ 1964 ALF Aerial Ladder Truck

Order your ornaments today for shipping or in-store pick-up at https://bit.ly/ARFMShop or visit us on Saturday or Sunday.

Deal is available online and in-store while supplies last. Make sure to check back to see our deals all weekend long!

There is still time to join us in celebration of 55 Years of the Fire Museum! Your $55 donation today will help commemor...
11/22/2023

There is still time to join us in celebration of 55 Years of the Fire Museum!

Your $55 donation today will help commemorate this milestone and you will receive the this limited edition challenge coin and ornament shown below as a thank you: https://bit.ly/ARFM55for55
On October 6, 1968, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum opened its doors to the public, and for 55 years, it has been a beacon of knowledge and preservation.

In honor of this historic milestone, we invite you to make a gift of $55. Your generous contribution will play a vital role in our mission to educate and preserve Aurora's firefighting history. And, to commemorate our 55 year milestone, the first 100 donors will receive a limited edition numbered museum challenge coin and a beautiful ornament featuring Aurora's Central Fire Station, now our museum's home.

Ornaments and coins will ship by December 1, 2023 in time for the holidays!

Our extended holiday hours begin today and run through December 23.
11/17/2023

Our extended holiday hours begin today and run through December 23.

We have so many exciting things happening this holiday season! It all kicks off tonight with our Holiday Preview from 4-...
11/17/2023

We have so many exciting things happening this holiday season! It all kicks off tonight with our Holiday Preview from 4-7pm. Everyone saves 10% on items in our Museum Store (members save 15%).*

Make sure to stop by and see our NEW limited holiday items!

*Some exclusions apply

Are you excited for the Cocoa Crawl in Aurora on Friday, December 1? Mugs are NOW AVAILABLE while supplies last at the A...
11/16/2023

Are you excited for the Cocoa Crawl in Aurora on Friday, December 1? Mugs are NOW AVAILABLE while supplies last at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. They will likely sell out by the end of the weekend!

To participate in the hot cocoa sampling during December’s First Fridays events, patrons will be required to have an official Cocoa Crawl mug and a new button for this year. The button acts as a ticket to the event.

~ Need a mug and button, grab both for $20.
~ Do you just want a mug? They are $18.
~ Buy a button for $10 if you already have a previous mug.

Buy yours online: https://bit.ly/ADCocoaCrawlMugsOnline

Get yours before they sell out! Thank you Aurora Downtown for hosting this event.

Are you coming down to Aurora for the opening of Christkindlmarket Aurora on Friday? Make sure to stop by to shop our Mu...
11/16/2023

Are you coming down to Aurora for the opening of Christkindlmarket Aurora on Friday? Make sure to stop by to shop our Museum Store this Friday, November 17 from 4-9pm. Be among the first to shop our newest holiday items.

Everyone saves 10% on their purchase, while members save 15%! Celebrate our extended holiday hours from November 17 - December 23.

Check out https://bit.ly/ARFM_Holidays for more information about upcoming events and special offers over the next month!

The holidays are coming up and we hope you will stop by to shop our Museum Store this Friday, November 17 from 4-9pm. Be...
11/14/2023

The holidays are coming up and we hope you will stop by to shop our Museum Store this Friday, November 17 from 4-9pm. Be among the first to shop our newest holiday items.

Everyone saves 10% on their purchase, while members save 15%!

Celebrate our extended holiday hours from November 17 - December 23. Check out https://bit.ly/ARFM_Holidays for more information about upcoming events and special offers over the next month!

Did you know that the Aurora Regional Fire Museum releases an exclusive holiday ornament each year? Our ornaments are a ...
11/13/2023

Did you know that the Aurora Regional Fire Museum releases an exclusive holiday ornament each year? Our ornaments are a perfect gift for all ages!

~ 1869 Amoskeag Steamer
~ 1921 Stutz Fire Engine
~ 1942 American LaFrance Engine
~ 1964 American LaFrance Aerial Ladder Truck

Ornaments are $20 each. Ornaments are available in our Museum Store and by visiting; https://bit.ly/ARFMShop

We can never truly repay the debt we owe our veterans. But we can certainly remember, honor, and thank them.
11/11/2023

We can never truly repay the debt we owe our veterans. But we can certainly remember, honor, and thank them.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Sound the Alarm Fundraiser that took place this past weekend. We awarded thre...
11/10/2023

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Sound the Alarm Fundraiser that took place this past weekend. We awarded three trophies in the category of Judge's Choice, People's Choice, and Fire Museum Choice.

Judge's Choice: Strawberries BBQ
People's Choice: Strawberries BBQ
Fire Museum Choice: CRAFT URBAN AURORA

Congratulations and thank you to all of the restaurants that participated in our fundraiser.

Our Seventh Annual Sound the Alarm Fundraiser starts in just a few hours, will we see you there? Join us at Two Brothers...
11/05/2023

Our Seventh Annual Sound the Alarm Fundraiser starts in just a few hours, will we see you there?

Join us at Two Brothers Roundhouse from 12-3pm for chili, beer, football, and more!

Tickets are $35 and are available by scanning the qr code or at the door.

Will you help us sound the alarm?

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53 N Broadway
Aurora, IL
60505

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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm

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The museum's primary exhibit, "Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued" traces the evolution of the tools and technology used by firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket from the early 1800s. See the horse stalls and the "real" fire horses. Discover what was found under the floor boards of the old central fire station. Marvel at the strange looking Vajen-Bader smoke mask. See and hear how modern fire apparatus clears 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.

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