The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is a nonprofit, tax exempt educational institution whose purpose is to preserve Aurora's old Central Fire Station for use as a museum. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will preserve and exhibit the artifacts and history of Aurora and surrounding area fire departments, as well as teach and promote fire safety and prevention.
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The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station. The museum is open to the public regular hours, and features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters.
History of the Aurora (Regional) Fire Museum
In September 1966, the Aurora Fire Chief Erwin J. Bauman authorized the establishment of a fire museum in order to collect and preserve Aurora's fire fighting history. Opened in October of 1968, the museum was housed in the basement of Fire Station 4.
By 1980, the apparatus and men had outgrown the old Central Fire Station. A new fire headquarters was built on North Broadway adjacent to the old station. The old Central Station faithfully served the fire department for eighty-six years. and there was much publicity in the newspapers about its fate. After sitting vacant for seven years, a group was organized to save the old station and transform it into a museum. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum was born.
For more information on the history of Aurora's old Central Fire Station, and Aurora Regional Fire Museum, you are invited to see our page of frequently asked questions.