Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

Welcome to the Nutcracker Museum

Stop by and share our passion for these whimsical characters.





The oldest known nutcracker What a thrill to even touch this piece Very few have the honor of viewing this up close
Ale Fest
April 20 & 21, 2018
(Fundraiser Event)
Nutcracker Day
in Leavenworth
July 7th, 2018
(Promotional Event)


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.

Yes, this Toy Soldier really can crack a nut!


Enter the Nutcracker Museum 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 boxwood 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!

Kids Really Do Love Nutcrackers!


Ever wonder why?

Do you have school age children? Nieces? Nephews? Grandchildren? If so be sure the log into our website especially for children. There are fun activities and the lesson section is a great information tool for learning all about nutcrackers.

Visit the Nutcracker Kid's Website

Welcome to Nutcracker Day in Leavenworth!


A tribute to Nutcrackers

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 grownups and children both have a special fascination with these sometimes whimsical creatures that break open a shell. So we're dedicating one day to that special instrument known as the Nutcracker. Nutcracker Day also hosts the Kid's Nutracker Making Contest each year.

July 7, 2018  11:00AM to 4:00PM

Visit the Nutcracker Day Website


Meet Chainsaw Woody



 Our Visitors Say...

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

Daily - Year Around
1:00PM - 5:00PM

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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)