Empire Area Museum Complex

Upcoming Events

Dunemobiles & the sinking of the Dorsey programs!

The Empire Area Heritage Group is presenting two programs at the Glen Arbor town hall -- Tuesday, July 24th and next Tuesday, July 31st at 7:30 pm. The July 24th program was on dunemobiles and the July 31st presentation is on the sinking of the Dorsey boat -- The Rescue.

We hope you can all join us and bring lots of friends as it’s been a long time since we have done programs in G/A. We plan to have popcorn and water available and welcome all donations to support our wonderful museum.

We're making it at 7:30 so folks will have time to get off the beach!!

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.