Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

December 2016 Newsletter

Have you purchased your raffle ticket for your chance to win a 10 piece Steinbach Nutcracker Suite?  Pictured below is the set of nutcrackers going to the person with the lucky ticket—all 10 pieces signed by Christian Steinbach.

To learn more about this exciting drawing click here.

Steinbach Nutcracker Suite - 1st Five Steinbach Nutcracker Suite - 2nd Five
First Nutcracker Suite by Kenneth Althoff

The museum displays 15 different nutcracker suites from various makers and we have chosen 7 more to show. The first nutcracker suite was put together by Kenneth Althoff of Midwest importers from 2 factories: Vero of Seiffen and Hodrewa of Rothenthal during the time that the Erzgebirge was occupied by Russia.

Christian Ulbricht's Nutcracker Suite in Lauingen 

Christian Ulbricht made the next Nutcracker Suite in his factory in Lauingen in 1991.  This is the Nutcracker Lady’s favorite grouping.

Gunter Ulbricht Nutcracker Suite 

Gunter Ulbricht (no relation to Christian Ulbricht) produced a nutcracker suite in his workshops at Muggendorf, north of Nurnberg.

Mary Myers Nutcracker Suite with Sugar Plum Fairy  American folk artist Mary Myers of Virginia carved a charming nutcracker suite and included the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Christian Ulbricht's Seiffner Nussknackerhaus 

Christian Ulbrichts Seiffener Nussknackerhaus has produced several sets over the years, this being the favorite of collectors.

Nanette Hilton's Nutcracker Suite for Kurt Adler 

American artist, Nanette Hilton, designed this delightful Nutcracker Suite for Kurt Adler of New York who had it produced in China.

Old Erzgebirge

This elegantly designed from Russia actually has just one nutcracker—the Prince—but has been chosen because, in the original story, the Mouse King had 7 heads.


Arlene Wagner, The Nutcracker Lady

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum




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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)
Active Military - FREE (Spouse & Children Free with ID)