emphasis is on the antique nutcrackers, the museum also
displays the nutcrackers of the current makers. The largest
producer today of the wooden toy nutcrackers is Christian
Steinbach of Germany. His colorful, elaborate designs
attract many collectors who come to the
museum to see the
most complete Steinbach collection. Many other modern
makers are represented--Christian Ulbricht, Lothar
Junghanel, Klaus Mertens, Franz Karl, Olaf Kolbe, Helgard
Petersen, Gunther Ulbricht and the many workshops of the
So how did
all of this start? How did the Leavenworth Nutcracker
Museum come to be? Arlene Wagner, a former ballet teacher,
produced the famous Nutcracker Ballet for many years and
just as Clara in the ballet became entranced with the
wooden figure with the big teeth, so did Arlene. She and
her husband , George, have traveled far and wide and have
amassed one of the world’s largest collections, numbering
well over 6000 pieces.
Wagners opened the
Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in 1995, it has been
visited by people from 50 states and 63 foreign countries!
When you are in Leavenworth plan to see us too! There is
an outstanding video presentation before the tour begins.
Our video gives a good history of the nutcracker.
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