Lawson's Emu-Z-Um Museum

A Historical Museum of Idaho's Famous Owyhee County

The Emu-Z-Um is a family friendly historical museum about the early settlement of Owyhee county and southern Idaho.

The museum collections include artifacts from the late 1800's and early 20th century, that were used by Owyhee county pioneers and other early Idaho settlers. There are diverse collection of everyday items including period clothing, antique kitchen gadgets, early vehicles, frontier farming and ranching implements, mining equipment, Native American artifacts and much more. The collections will give you a wonderful glimpse into how Idaho's early settlers and miners lived, worked, and played.

Located in Southwest rural Idaho, near Grand View, a 60 mile drive Southeast of Boise. The museum is located on the South side of the Snake River along the South Alternate branch of the Oregon Trail.

You will come away with a much better understanding of what life was like in late 19th and early 20th century Idaho.


Welcome to the Emu-Z-Um

Jack and Belva Lawson would like to welcome you to their Emu-Z-Um – a whimsical name inspired by the 100-plus emus they once raised at their ranch. If you have never seen an emu, there is still one of them left.

A visit to the Emu-Z-Um is an experience the whole-family will enjoy. Jack and Belva, and maybe even the emu is looking forward to seeing you!

What You Will Find

Remember when life was a little slower, living a little simpler, and Coke was just a nickel?  At the Emu-Z-Um you can turn back the clock to that by-gone era.

Travel back to see an authentic replica of an early 1860’s town with wooden sidewalks, and picture-perfect storefronts. You can even visit the town jail.

Live the experience of Silver City, Idaho’s boom town of the 19th century, including the relocation of the Silver City Schoolhouse Museum, and a reproduction of a real silver mine.  See Silver City’s first hand-built automobile. And find out how it came to be.