Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

Introduction to Special Nutcrackers
"Elisabetta Farnese"

Elisabetta Farnese, 1692-1766, became Queen of Spain as the wife of Philip V.  She exerted great influence over Spain's foreign policy .  She was the defacto ruler of Spain from 1714 until 1746 while Philip was ill, and when Philip died in 1746, her son-in-law  gained control of the throne. She, along with her court, was exiled to La Granja. Elisabetta kept in contact with many foreign diplomats and when her own son, Ferdinand, gained the throne in 1759 she governed as regent as he was also serving as King of Naples. 


This nutcracker was carved in the likeness of Elisabetta Farnese, Queen of Spain, in Italy, circa 1795.  It is 8 inches tall and made of boxwood.  It is very unusual in that it has receptacles for both large and small nuts as shown in the pictures.  The figure controls the screw which will crack the nut.


Quick Links

Federal ID #91-2143303

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