Photos/Utah Fire Museum in Tooele
Tooele County, Utah, is known for its many historical attractions, but the Utah Fire Museum is one of the region’s most fascinating spots. This museum walks you through the story of fire fighting in Utah and lets you get up close and personal with the equipment and methods used to control blazes throughout the area’s history.
See how fire trucks have evolved
The museum complex covers more than 35,000 square feet, and getting lost among the astounding variety of equipment on display is one of the most educational ways around to spend an afternoon. Over 50 fire trucks representing at least 20 different models make up the museum’s collection of fire-fighting vehicles, and each vehicle has been meticulously restored to its original condition. Some of the trucks are accessible inside and out and give kids and adults a chance to sit behind the wheel, check out the controls, and climb around on the main body. All the equipment on each truck has been restored or replaced, and comparing the sparse equipment on older models with the array of gear on modern trucks inspires even more respect for early fire fighters.
Pay your respects and learn about fire safety
The museum’s memorial garden is one of its most memorable features, and this stunning outdoor garden provides a quiet spot to reflect on history and take in the natural beauty of Utah’s desert environment. The garden is dedicated to fire fighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, and discussing these people’s brave actions is a great way to bring up the topic of fire safety with young visitors. The Utah Fire Museum has a variety of interactive exhibits where kids and adults can learn about the correct ways to deal with fire, and promoting fire safety is one of the museum’s main goals.
Take a guided tour
The Utah Fire Museum has a variety of guided tours available, and these tours give groups of all sizes the most hands-on experience possible. Guided tours are available by appointment only, and scheduling at least a week in advance is recommended to make sure the needs of your group can be accommodated. The museum is open year round on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and conference rooms and a small kitchen are available for public use. The museum also has an excellent gift shop where you’ll be sure to find the perfect souvenir to remind you of your visit.
The Utah Fire Museum is fascinating for both kids and adults, and it’s a great place to spend a few hours learning about the history of the area. In addition to the Utah Fire Museum, Tooele County is home to the Tooele Valley Railroad Museum and the Tooele Pioneer museum, so the region is perfect for an educational and fun weekend getaway for the whole family.
More information: www.utahfiremuseum.com