A non-profit dedicated to preserving the local history of firefighting, the Denver Firefighters Museum is one of our fair city’s most charming hidden treasures. From groundbreaking state-of-the-art gallery space to engaging programs and special events, there is always something new to explore–not to mention that it’s a thrilling outing for any wannabe firefighting hero. Now, the Denver Firefighters Museum is your Totally Awesome pick for best kid-friendly museum in Denver. Here’s what the museum’s Chief Curator had to say:

Red Tricycle: Congratulations! Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome.” What do think your customers value most about your business?

Winifred Ferrill: The experience they have with their kids discovering the history of firefighting in Denver and the way firefighters are today.  We have many hands-on interactive areas for kids and parents.

RT: What inspired you to start your business?

WF: The Museum was started by then Chief of the Department, Myrle Wise, who fought to save the Old No. 1 Fire Station the Museum is in for the enjoyment and education of generations to come.

RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?

WF: Make sure you have a business plan first.

RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?

WF: Encourage your kids to be mini-entrepreneurs when they are young; it’s never too late to start.

RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?

WF: Reading the incredibly thoughtful and grateful notes from visitors over the years about how much they enjoyed the Museum.

RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to let Red Tricycle know about?

WF: Look at our website for the several free days we offer throughout the year.

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