I’m a stay at home mother of 2, ages 1 and 3. Needless to say, I’m pretty much an expert on museums and attractions in the Cincinnati area because I’m one of those people who goes completely insane if I’m stuck at home all the time. I was excited to discover a Groupon for the Cincinnati Fire Museum, a place that I was considering for my son’s first birthday but had never been.
The visit right away started off badly when every single parking meter outside the building was out of service. I ran inside to see where we should park and the lady couldn’t even tell me. Like, you work here, you know these meters are out of service, and you can’t even tell me where to park? We finally parked (illegally) in the City Hall parking lot.
So we finally go in and it is fairly small, as was to be expected with such a specifically targeted museum. They had the front part of a fire truck with sirens that you could go in, which obviously my children loved and a small version of a fire pole that you could slide down, but overall the Cincinnati Fire Museum lacked the interaction that I’ve come to expect by visiting other fantastic museums throughout the area.
As an adult, the information was interesting and I enjoyed myself, but I feel like they have missed a huge opportunity. Downstairs there is a model home with instructions for how to escape a burning home safely. They should have practice drills with real firemen, or at least museum employees dressed up as firefighters to teach young children fire safety.
I’m glad we got to experience the Cincinnati Fire Museum but we will not be returning and I would have been upset if I had paid the ridiculous $16 full admission price for two adults. They are missing out on creating an interactive and educational environment for young children who are obsessed with fire trucks.