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, but you might want to hurry.  Despite the Emu-Z-Um name, Jack has said that he doesn't plan to get any more emus once this last one is gone.

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!  Although unlike Jack and Belva, most likely the emu could care less.

We hope to see you soon.

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.


Relocated from Silver City
the
Silver City Schoolhouse Museum

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


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