To benefit from living here, people had grit and perseverance to meet the challenges of the West. The Grand Encampment Museum (GEM) is a replica pioneer town that honors the people who had the grit to settle here. The GEM has unique historic and Native American artifacts on display in original circa 1900 buildings. We have over 18 historic buildings including the Palace Bakery, Lake Creek Stage Station, and the Peryam Homestead House, and many more.
The GEM is well known throughout Wyoming for some of their more unique buildings including a two-story outhouse…yes, it has two levels! In addition to our buildings, we just moved the original wooden caboose of the Saratoga & Encampment Railroad to the GEM. If you are a railroad historian, you will appreciate the GEM’s efforts to renovate and restore this piece of history.
The GEM highlights their copper mining history with life size tram towers and equipment from the aerial tramway that served the copper mining industry in the early 1900s. In their Doc Culleton Interpretive Center are displays related to mining, ranching, logging, and the early inhabitants of the Grand Encampment Valley. Many artifacts are authentic items from the late 1800s through present.
The GEM is an official national repository of the United States Forest Service. Want to experience what it was like to be a USFS fire lookout? We have a 60ft tall fire lookout tower for visitors to experience this job description.
The GEM’s Living History Day will be held in conjunction with the Sierra Madre Mountain Man Rendezvous on July 25, 2015. Demonstrations will include paper making with an antique printing press, fur hat making, wool spinning, and more.
Admission is by donation. Hope to see you soon!
- See more at: http://www.gemuseum.com/