2434 E. 1st St. S
Kearney Nebraska 68847United States
The history of firefighting in Nebraska is on display in Kearney.
It doesn't take long to walk through the Nebraska Firefighters Museum, but it's an interesting stop to learn about history of firefighting in Nebraska. Just a stone's throw from the Great Platte River Trail Archway Museum on I-80, the museum has several fire trucks, an old-time hand pump, and a hook and ladder truck. There's even one of those trampolinelike hoops used to catch jumpers from multistory buildings. Two display cases show off the museum's collection of toy fire trucks. Other exhibits are more interactive, mostly aimed at kids. Younger children can play in a plywood fire truck or try on firefighting gear like helmets, boots and coats. Throughout, the museum tries to convey the message that the best way to fight fires is to prevent them from happening. From the statue of Smokey the Bear at the front door to the exhibit that points out common fire hazards in the home, prevention is a key theme here. The museum is open daily in the summer. From Labor Day to Memorial Day it is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Adults $6. Seniors $4. Kids 6-17 $3. Kids 5 and under get in free.