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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

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Address: 5765 W Broadway St, Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula International Airport, Missoula, MT 59808-9361
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+1 406-329-4934

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This facility is out of town a ways but worth a visit as it tells the history and formation as well as the organization of the Missoula smoke jumpers. This is a small museum but... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
David M
Simi Valley, California
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Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This facility is out of town a ways but worth a visit as it tells the history and formation as well as the organization of the Missoula smoke jumpers. This is a small museum but has a lot packed into the small space. one of the most interesting was a life sized smoke tower (minus the tower). Cramped quarters, for... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small center, but packed with a lot of history and artifacts relating to smokejumpers. During the summer there are opportunities to visit the smokejumper loft and see the aircraft that are used in firefighting. A great place for young and old.

Thank GSallie
Phoenix, Arizona
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is a very small exhibit of historical artifacts and information about Smokejumpers in the northwest, it was a way to spend time before catching our flight home. We probably only spent about a half hour there.

Thank AZRoadqueen
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Don't be deterred if you are in town during the off season. A call to the visitor center ahead of time can secure you a tour from one of the smokejumpers even when the regular tour guides aren't around. If you have small children, be sure to ask about 'Danger Monkey' when you are at the parachute hanging tower.

Thank cc j
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112 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

I am involved in aerial firefighting and always enjoy coming to the Fire Depot to take the tour and learn about all the other aspects of firefighting I have no knowledge of. An absolutely great facility and fun time for everybody

Thank DaleDale2
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Very educational. I was here with my young grandson, and he enjoyed it a lot, but the tour was a little long for him. Perhaps when he is older. The highlight was being able to go into the chopper. It may not be there during fire season, so check first if you really want to see it up close and... More 

Thank chicaletta
Daingerfield, Texas
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We had a wonderful tour of this facility. Our guide was great and so were all of the smokejumpers we had interaction with. Very interesting and inspiring! These guys are amazing! We owe them our thanks!

Thank kathyterrell
Hannover, Germany
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a MUST SEE when you visit Missoula. Not only you get to see a very good documentation, but when you take the guided tour, you see the actual training facility and how the Smoke Jumpers - the special forces of the fire fighters - fold their parachutes and how they tailor-make their own equipment: They are the heroes... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We toured the Smoke Jumper Center and were in awe as we learned about what these courageous people do. We were able to see the gear that they use and wear and the training that they go through. Gave us a great appreciation of the jumpers for the work that they do fighting fires.

Thank DandME88
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Took my family and it was a very small museum, the receptionist was on the phone the entire time. It was just not that cool.

Thank MountainMom73

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