As mentioned in our last post, OKC has a number of really great niche museums. And for those looking for family fun, the relatively smaller size of many of these museums also makes them perfect for kiddos. That's certainly the case for the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and Memorial.
Located in the Adventure District, it's right next door to two family favorites - The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens and Science Museum Oklahoma - and is a must-see for any kid (or kid at heart) that loves fire trucks. Their collection of 13 fully-restored classic fire engines includes everything from a 1902 Water Tower to a 1920 Stutz Engine with a solid brass engine block (one of only 100 made).
Other exhibits include firefighting equipment from the horse-drawn and bucket brigade days up to modern day firefighting gear. The museum boasts the world's largest fire department patch collection, with more than 7,000 patches from around the world on display. Visitors can also see the Fort Supply Firehouse, which was built in 1869 and was the first firehouse in what would later become Oklahoma.
Located outside near the entrance of the museum, the Oklahoma Fallen and Living Firefighters Memorial honors Oklahoma firefighters who have served to protect the citizens of Oklahoma. There's a great play area behind the museum as well that includes a covered picnic area and more old fire trucks. Unlike the shiny classics inside though, these trucks are of the unrestored variety and are meant to be climbed on.
Admission is only $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. It's a great value and a great way to spend an afternoon in OKC.