Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington


Berdines Kaland was a well known carver from Norway.  He won a Bronze medal for his carving in the Paris Exposition of 1900, and a gold medal in the Norwegian Exhibition in Bergen in 1910.  Among the many items he carved were nutcrackers which were dated between 1917 and 1929. 

Kaland's nutcracker design was a Happy Scandinavian and his nutcrackers do make you smile. This one is dated 1920.

With this nutcracker the nut is cracked at the hip, the left leg moving back to accommodate the nut, then moving forward to crack it.

Here is a picture to show the cavity for the nut.  It is big enough for hazelnuts.

The museum also has one of the Kaland nutcrackers that was used in a lamp design, with the foot moving forward to turn on the light.


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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)