Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington


January 2016 Nutcracker Museum Newsletter


Many strong men can crack nuts with their hands, but most of us need an extra hand to break the shell and get to that delicious nutmeat.
The oldest nutcracker known is a pair of hands now in the Museo Taranto in Italy. Made of bronze with wide gold bracelets, this nutcracker is believed to be 400 years BC
The designer of this new brass nutcracker from India may have been inspired by the one above.
These praying hands were made of bronze in the early 19th century. They are 8.25 inches long.
This elegant pair of hands was created in France in the early 20th Century. They are made of brass and plated with silver. They measure only 4.25 inches.
The Swiss carved many screw type nutcrackers in the shape of a hand squeezing the nut.
One of the Swiss nutcrackers showed a hand with a rat.
Show picture WSC10-14-03

Arlene Wagner, The Nutcracker Lady

Phone: 509-548-4573


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A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization


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