Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

Welcome to the Nutcracker Museum

Stop by and share our passion for these whimsical characters.

Each one has a personality of it's own!

Affordable fun for the entire family.




The oldest known nutcracker What a thrill to even touch this piece Very few have the honor of viewing this up close

Yes it is truly amazing!

Over the centuries, man has devised many ways to open the nutshell to capture the delicious morsel inside. There is no other tool that has been made in so many different designs and with such a variety of materials as the nutcracker.


Enter through the door, and you are amazed at the vast amount of nutcrackers being shown! Every where you look you will see NUTCRACKERS...different styles of wooden toy soldier nutcrackers, the name used for the colorful German figures of Steinbach, Ulbricht, and the Erzgebirge makers. You will see the Betel cutters from Asia, the beautifully carved wooden figurals from Europe, the precious ivory and porcelains, the silver that matched the Victorian tableware, or the conventional utility type strong enough to conquer the black walnuts. You will find hand-held metal nutcrackers in beautiful designs as well as those more crudely crafted in blacksmith shops. You will see beautifully carved ebony and boxwoodVisitors trying to crack nuts with various nutcrackers! figures, so durable they have withstood hundreds of years. And nutting bowls...artifacts found in the southeastern United States and Europe which date back thousands of years.

There are different ways to crack a pressure, indirect pressure, screw, and percussion, and you will find them all in the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. The creativity of man is vividly portrayed in the many ways he used to crack a nut.

You will be amazed at the many different ways that a nut can be cracked!

Leavenworth Ale-Fest


April 22 & 23, 2016

The Leavenworth Ale-Fest is Leavenworth’s first beer festival. The inaugural festival took place on back in April 2007. Since then, it has grown each year into what it is today. A fun event that inspires competition for breweries, food booths and more....

All profits from Ale-Fest benefit the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum and will be used for educational projects and additional specimens for the museum. So have fun at Ale-Fest, and know that your contribution to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is appreciated

Visit the Ale-Fest Website

Kids Really Do Love Nutcrackers!


Ever wonder why?

You enter into the "World of Nutcrackers" when you walk through the doors of the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth. Each year, we could see that children had a special fascination with these sometimes whimsical creatures that break open a shell. WOW... there is even a yummy treat inside! Kids are thrilled with the many different types that fuel their imagination.

Visit the Nutcracker Kid's Website


Meet Chainsaw Woody

Leavenworth's newest honorary citizen.



 Our Visitors Say...

Leavenwirth Day Trips - Take the Bus
Just a few permanent residents at the museum...

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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

7 Days a Week: 1PM - 5PM
May 1st thru December 31st

Days open will vary in the winter months.

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".