Museum Showcases Minn. Bridge Collapse Response

A new exhibit opening June 30 at the Firefighters Hall and Museum in Minneapolis will showcase the rescue efforts in the aftermath of the I-35W Bridge collapse of Aug. 1, 2007.

"The exhibit, titled '81 MINUTES: After the Bridge Collapsed,' will examine the extraordinary rescue effort from the first call to dispatch to the last victim cleared from the bridge," according to a city news release.

The exhibit examines the experiences of firefighters working in five arenas: the north side, the south side, the 10th Avenue Bridge, the Mississippi River, and the dispatch center.

The exhibit also examines the Incident Command and the multi-agency training that led to an efficient bridge evacuation, the collaboration between firefighters and residents, and the impact on the Twin Cities community.

81 MINUTES will open on June 30 alongside the Minnesota Historical Societys traveling exhibit MINNESOTA DISASTERS. The 81 MINUTES exhibit will remain on permanent display.

The Firefighters Hall and Museum is located at 664 22nd Ave. NE, Minneapolis. Summer museum hours (through Labor Day) are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.