Latest Updates (3/26/24)

  • New group discounts on Wednesday and Thursday.
    Go to our (Contact Page). to find out the details.

  • We recently added a link to the full IdahoPTV "Idaho Experience" video about us on our (Press Page).

"Lawson's Legacy" Museum

A Historical Museum of Idaho's Famous Owyhee County

The "Lawson's Legacy" Museum is a family friendly historical museum of the west 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.

Highlights include: Sheep camps, Silver City artifacts, Rock displays, Mining, Indian artifacts, Farm machinery and much, much more! You won’t be disappointed! The collections will give you a wonderful glimpse into how Idaho's early Idahoans 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.

From your visit with us, hopefully 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 Museum

Eddie and Jessica Florian would like to welcome you to the "Lawson's Legacy" Museum. It's historical name of Emu-Z-Um was a whimsical name inspired by the 100-plus emus once raised at the ranch by the original owners, Jack and Belva Lawson.These not very sociable, birds are native to Australia. We still have one at the museum,so come and see it. A link to more information about emus is located under the picture below.

A visit to the "Lawson's Legacy" Museum is an experience the whole-family will enjoy.

We hope to see you soon.

Idaho Public Television Promo

Take a peek at Idaho Experience's newest program, "Hidden Gems," at IdahoPTV. At Idaho Public Television history is our passion. However, many historical events, artifacts, and landmarks are often overlooked or undervalued. In our new show, "Hidden Gems," we uncover five fascinating topics and wrapped them into an hourlong package. One of our stops was as Lawson's Emu-Z-Um, a historical museum located in Owyhee county. This unique collection features artifacts from the late 1800's and early 1900's that were used by Owyhee county pioneers and other early Idaho settlers.

The link to the full IdahoPTV "Idaho Experience" video about our museum is on our (Press Page).

Check Out our Museum's Online 5 Star reviews:

Link to: Basic Facts About Emus

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What You Will Find

Remember when life was a little slower, living a little simpler, and Coke was just a nickel?  At the Lawson's Legacy Museum 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.

Owyhee County History

Our February 25, 2018, Art Hart published an article about early Owyhee county in the
The Idaho Statesman.
The article has been removed from the Statesman's website, however the article is available in PDF format here at: "Early Owyhee County, like 19th century America, was a melting pot of nationalities".

Relocated from Silver City
"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. See Silver City’s first hand-built automobile, and find out how it came to be.

As was mentioned in Art's above article, see how the Chinese impacted Silver City.

Special ironing-stove from Silver City used to heat sad irons in a Chinese Laundry.