Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington


April 2016 Nutcracker Museum Newsletter


Yes, a dog has been called Man's Best Friend, yet there are very few nutcrackers that feature a man with his dog.  The Museum shows many individual dog and human nutcrackers, but not a lot of the pair together.

Here are some of the wood carved dogs featured in the museum.  They are mostly from Switzerland and were sold as souvenirs to the tourists visiting Europe. 

Cast metal dogs have been cracking nuts for many years in homes throughout Europe and the United States.  Originally from England, Germany and the US, they are now copied in China.


In the wooden toy soldier type of nutcracker, we have a Fireman by Ulbricht,  Policeman by Steinbach and Postman by Ulbricht, each with his faithful companion accompanying him.


Of course most hunters have a dog with them, and here are several: one from Hanig of Germany, one carved in Spain, and the Court Hunter by Steinbach of Germany.


Here is the oldest nutcracker we have showing a man and his best friend. It was carved in Belgium, circa 1800.


A Pirate, pictured here with his ivory dog shows that even a tough guy will have a tender spot for his little dog. 


But of course the most popular little dog to accompany a human is none other than the beloved Toto who travels to Oz with not a man, but a girl in a blue checkered dress whose name is Dorothy.


Arlene Wagner, The Nutcracker Lady

Phone: 509-548-4573


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Contact Us

735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826

(509) 548-4573

Open 7 Days a Week
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Nutcracker Museum Mission Statement:

"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".

Museum Admission:

Adults  - $5.00  (Ages 17 - 64yrs)
Seniors - $3.50  (Age 65yrs +)
Youth   - $2.00  (Ages 6 - 16yrs)
Child    - FREE   (Ages 0 - 5yrs)
Military & Families - FREE