Stop by and share our passion for these whimsical characters.
Each one has a personality of it's own!
Affordable fun for the entire family.
Over the centuries, man has devised many ways to open the nutshell to capture the delicious morsel inside. There is no other tool that has been made in so many different designs and with such a variety of materials as the nutcracker.
Enter through the door, and you
are amazed at the vast amount of
nutcrackers being shown! Every
where you look you will see
of wooden toy soldier
nutcrackers, the name used for
the colorful German figures of
Steinbach, Ulbricht, and the
Erzgebirge makers. You will see
the Betel cutters from Asia, the
beautifully carved wooden
figurals from Europe, the
precious ivory and porcelains,
the silver that matched the
Victorian tableware, or the
conventional utility type strong
enough to conquer the black
walnuts. You will find hand-held
metal nutcrackers in beautiful
designs as well as those more
crudely crafted in blacksmith
shops. You will see beautifully
carved ebony and boxwoodVisitors
trying to crack nuts with
various nutcrackers! figures, so
durable they have withstood
hundreds of years. And nutting
bowls...artifacts found in the
southeastern United States and
Europe which date back thousands
There are different ways to crack a nut...direct pressure, indirect pressure, screw, and percussion, and you will find them all in the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. The creativity of man is vividly portrayed in the many ways he used to crack a nut.
You will be amazed at the many different ways that a nut can be cracked!
April 22 & 23, 2016
The Leavenworth Ale-Fest is Leavenworth’s first beer festival. The inaugural festival took place on back in April 2007. Since then, it has grown each year into what it is today. A fun event that inspires competition for breweries, food booths and more....
All profits from Ale-Fest benefit the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum and will be used for educational projects and additional specimens for the museum. So have fun at Ale-Fest, and know that your contribution to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is appreciated
Ever wonder why?
You enter into the "World of Nutcrackers" when you walk through the doors of the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth. Each year, we could see that children had a special fascination with these sometimes whimsical creatures that break open a shell. WOW... there is even a yummy treat inside! Kids are thrilled with the many different types that fuel their imagination.
Federal ID #91-2143303
A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization
735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826
7 Days a Week: 1PM - 5PM
May 1st thru December 31st
Days open will vary in the winter months.
"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut".