Empire Area Museum Complex

Our next meeting!

We will be holding our next meeting on Thursday May 5th at 1PM at the museum. Hope you can all join us and bring a friend!!! We had a good meeting last month with much discussed and hope to get final plans ready for this upcoming summer.

We will also have a CLEAN UP DAY on Wednesday May 11th at 10AM

Our next, next meeting!

We will be hosting the Empire Chamber of Commerce meeting at the museum on Monday May 9th at 7PM and hope many of you can show up with your Blue Shirts on ready to show off our wonderful museum. Just a note....we will be hosting the local Model "T" club at the museum at 2:30 PM on Sunday May 15th and invite you all to come, again, to show your museum support.

Main Museum

The main floor features the Roen Saloon from the turn of the century, the Dorsey Parlor, items from the ghost town of Norway Town, and many displays depicting Empire's past. The lower level features a blacksmith's shop, wood working shop, railroad and shipping displays, the Empire Lumber Company display, a covered wagon,buggies and sleighs.

School House

Nestled in the woods behind the main building, you'll find a unique one-room schoolhouse with such features as a water pump, an outhouse and wood burning stove.

Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith shop features many original items from two former shops in Empire. Blacksmith "Henry Verno" will tell you all about it as he slaves away in this wonderful turn of the century shop.

Beeman Barn

Behind the school house, you'll find the Billy Beeman Barn with it's horse-drawn equipment, including a stagecoach, a hearse, buckboard, sleigh and much more.

1911 Hose House

Formerly situated on "downtown" Empire's Front Street, this building features a room with hand-pulled fire equipment used in the Village from 1898 'til 1949. The Diane E. Fischer Center is housed here.

Roen's Saloon

This local Empire saloon operated between 1895 and 1924 and has been completely refurbished. It includes a wonderful 18 foot long cherry wood bar, all the fixtures, Mira music box, Edison phonograph, player piano many other the features of a turn of the century saloon.