Visit to the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield
My husband was a volunteer on the medical team at the Special Olympics GB National Games in Sheffield so our 3 year old and I joined him and made a trip of it . When I found out at that Sheffield had a museum that combines police cars, ambulances and fire engines, I knew it would be on top of our list of places to visit. We took a tram from the town center which added to the exciting adventure of the day since he hadn’t been in a tram before.
Some of the vehicles have a sticker that indicates that you can go in/or ride like the motor bike in the picture below. Additionally there were uniforms and hats that children could try on and play dress up!
Walking through the museum, you get a good overview of how vehicles evolved from horse drawn carriages to what we see today. Even as an adult, I was fascinated by the advances in the field, and a real appreciation for the comfort and convenience we now have in comparison to the early versions of emergency services.
The grand and majestic fire engines such as the one below fill a room and catches the eye of every visitor. Even though I had no particular interest in fire engines, walking through the museum was an interesting learning experience for me.
There was also a boat used in rescue missions.
The museum is housed in a Victorian building that once was an actual police and fire station and there is a room of a fire man that is set up look as it was in the early 1900s. That the room is both a bedroom and a toilet is sure to start a conversation with your little one
This room showcases uniforms and fire engines from different countries gives a flavour of what it is like in the rest of the world.
There is also a lovely model railway system that is exhibited which you must see. Finally, there is an educational component that creates awareness about how fires are started and gives visual evidence of the destruction that a fire can cause.