Hazelwood, Missouri: First Due Fire MuseumAn odd, mall-based museum dedicated to the brave folk who smother the flames, told through fashion mannequins and collectible figurines.
St. Louis Mills
- 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd, Hazelwood, MO
- In the St. Louis Mills mall. I-270 exit 22 onto Hwy 370 west. Quick exit 11 to the mall. The museum is in room 302 in the "Circus of Fire" section of the mall.
- F-Sa 12-8, Su 12-6 (Call to verify)
- An extra $1 lets you ring the fire bell.
Visitor Tips and News About First Due Fire Museum
Located in what is undoubtedly the most acid-inspired, Disneyesque mall concept (aka St. Louis Mills, which is worth a visit in its own right), the First Due Fire Museum is a tiny non-profit museum hidden amongst the usual mall fare. Here you can witness the history of firefighting as told through fashion mannequins and collectible figurines.
Self-guide tour sheets are provided. The museum's filled with a lot of cool old firefighting paraphenalia and one can learn a lot about what firefighters throughout the years have had to endure while saving our unappreciative asses. Kids will love dressing up in genuine firefighting gear while manipulating loud sirens and bright lights, much to the chagrin of any adult within fifteen feet. As expected, there are "exhibits" (everything is really too small to be considered a separate exhibit) on fire safety and the 9/11 tragedy.
After picking up some safety tips and paying due respects, fire buffs can admire the plethora of firehouse patches and t-shirts. There's no gift store, but plenty of opportunities exist to donate cash for a firefighting-related sticker, pin, or magnet.[missy b., 08/08/2005]
The museum was opened in 2004 by three local firefighters. Exhibits range from old leather fire hoses to a Firefighter Barbie doll, complete with a companion doll Dalmatian.