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 boxwood 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!
Ever wonder why?
Do you have school age children? Nieces? Nephews? Grandchildren? If so be sure the log into our website especially for children. There are fun activities and the lesson section is a great information tool for learning all about nutcrackers.
A tribute to Nutcrackers
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 grownups and children both have a special fascination with these sometimes whimsical creatures that break open a shell. So we're dedicating one day to that special instrument known as the Nutcracker.
July 1, 2017 1:00PM to 4:00PM
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".