The Georgetown Energy Museum or GEM is located in a functioning Hydroelectric generating plant in Georgetown, Colorado. The plant has been in operation since 1900 and is currently owned and operated by Xcel Energy. An on location museum presents exhibits and photographs of all household appliances and consumer electric products relating to the early usage of electricity. The museum and plant is found at 600 Griffith Street in Georgetown, Colorado. Admission to the museum is always free but donations are welcome and accepted.
Throughout the year tour groups are able to go through the museum and generating plant. Reservations for tour groups should be made in advance so that arrangements can be made and a tour guide is available. The plant is open for visitors from June 1 through the first week of October, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. Starting on the second week in October through the end of May the museum is open weekdays by appointment only.
There are two generating water wheels within the plant and the electricity that is generated is used for most of the Georgetown area. A tour of the plant is recommended for those living in Georgetown.