Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington


Joan of Arc was born in France in 1412, the daughter of poor tenant farmers. As a teenager she began having mystical visions.  At the time her country was involved in the 100 Year War with England, and when she was 16 her visions instructed her to go Charles, the rightful heir to the throne, and ask his permission to lead the army which was losing battles to the English.  She was given a horse and armor, cut her hair, dressed as a man and was escorted to the battlefield.  With her advice the French won many battles, but she was thrown off her horse and captured by the English.   

She was exchanged to the French for 10,000 francs, and was turned over to the church who charged her with witchcraft, heresy and dressing like a man.  She was burned at the stake in 1431 before a crowd of thousands.  She was just 19 years old.  King Charles declared her innocent 25 years later and designated a martyr.  She was canonized as a saint in 1920 and is now a Patron Saint of France.

This nutcracker was carved in France of boxwood.  It is beautiful in its simplicity.  When received by the museum there was damage to the lower lip and has now been expertly repaired by Brandon Etto of Ardoria Studios.  Here is a picture of Joan of Arc as it was received showing damage.


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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)