Museums in Leavenworth, WA


Leavenworth is home to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which has been featured on CBS morning news. They have over 5000 nutcrackers spanning 2000 years. Take the tour and learn about the nutcrackers you are familiar with, as well as the history of nutcrackers. There are some very unusual old nutcrackers and some nutcrackers that can only be described as works of art.

The Upper Valley Museum and Historical Society is housed in the home of the owner of the turn-of-the-century sawmill, along the banks of the Wenatchee River. They maintain exhibits of the history of the area with artifacts from the railroads and lumbermills that were instrumental to the development of the area.

Down the road in Cashmere is the Cashmere Pioneer Village & Museum. They have a pioneer village that consists of 20 original structures brought in from throughout the area, including a school house, dentist office, general store, jail, and blacksmith shop, all from the late 1800's. Most of the buildings were brought in and rebuilt by explorer scouts. The museum has a collection of Pioneer and Native American history. (The website is a little odd... wait awhile after you get there. After several pictures display it will finally take you to the home page with a menu so you can find your way around the site.)

A little further down the road in Wenatchee is the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Their exhibits interpret life in the valley of the mid-Columbia dating from the last Ice Age to today. They include a farm shop from the late 1800's, a Victorian house, Native American history, the area apple industry and the history of the railroads in the area.

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Cashmere Pioneer Village & Museum Map:

600 Cotlets Way  Cashmere
Open Daily 9:30-4:30, March 1-October 31. Winter: tours welcome by appointment.

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum Map:

     See front door

735 Front Street  Leavenworth
5,000 Nutcrackers dating back 500 years. Video presentation. Group tours by reservation. Open 2-5 daily May-October. Weekends November - April. Admission.

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Upper Valley Historical Society Map:

347 Division Street  Leavenworth
Through the museum, the UVHS preserves and display artifacts of the Upper Wenatchee Valley and presents historic programming to students, residents and visitors to Leavenworth.

Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth Map:

     See front door

347 Division St  Leavenworth
The home of the Upper Valley Museum is a former bed & breakfast, the Haus Lorelei, a century old structure built as the Lamb-Davis bungalow and for many years the home of the Field family, the town banker.

Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center Map:

127 South Mission  Wenatchee
Celebrating and preserving the history, arts, sciences and rich diversity of North Central Washington through exhibits and year-round programs. Open Tuesday- Saturday, 10am-4pm.

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