The main floor features the Roen Saloon from the turn of the century,the Dorsey Parlor, many items from the ghost town of Norway Town and many displays depicting Empire's past. The lower level features a blacksmith's shop, woodworking shop, railroad and shipping displays, the Empire Lumber Company display, a covered wagon,buggies and sleighs.
Saved from destruction, the beautiful Roen Saloon bar and other artifacts have been relocated inside the museum. A once popular hang out in Empire, come visit a turn-of-the-century local watering hole.
Old 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. The building also serves as an audio/visual center.
Our newest display features the military career of Warren Aylsworth. The display is a tribute to all of our military veterans from past wars and conflicts.
The Empire Museum started out in the Empire fire department's 1898 hose house. Visit the hose house page to learn more about the evolution of the museum!
The newly expanded Beeman Barn contains lots of interesting artifacts related to the Empire area. The BBB page is under construction, keep checking back as we add to the page.
A fine selection of 40 local history books is available for purchase at the museum store. Among them are Remembering Empire Through Pictures, Remembering Empire with Recipes Another Visit, Some Other Day (Remembering Empire), colorful picture books, cook books, the Biozard Letters and many other publications covering the unique history of the Empire area.