First opened in 1973, the primary focus of the museum is the interpretation of life in early Emmett. Beginning with the Native Americans who first inhabited the land, the contributions of the trappers, miners and settlers who made the irrigation system and the fruit industry possible are chronicled through a large collection of photographs as well as full-sized period displays of a general store, a turn-of-the-century parlor, a laundry room and a combined doctor's and dentist's office. In addition, there is a special tribute to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Other museum highlights include period-style clothing, a rare hand-hewn "laying out board" considered a nicety by families coming west with all their belongings stuffed in a wagon, a "coyote gun" used by area sheepherders, a ships lamp from the Battleship Arizona, and a broom maker used from the 1880s through the Depression. With so much to see, you will want to visit this quaint museum.
Southwestern Idaho, in Downtown Emmett, behind the Courthouse & City Building
I-84, exit 46 N. 6.4 mi. Left onto Hwy 44 5.3 mi., then right at Hwy 16 for 14 mi. Rt at Washington (Hwy 52), 1 mi. Rt at E. Main St, then 3 blocks to McKinley. Rt 1 blk to E. 1st St. then left 1 blk.
Wednesday-Saturday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Tours or extended hours available by appointment.
No admittance fee. However, donations are appreciated.
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