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Shafer Historical Museum

285 Castle Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862-9000
+1 509-996-2712
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A fun look back in time!

Spend about a half hour strolling back in time learning about the pioneering and mining days of the... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Jon D
Super Museum

This is a great museum with outdoor exhibits of old cars, appliances etc. Also rooms where you can... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
Jan F
Bellingham WA
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Offers a recreated settlement of the 1920s.
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285 Castle Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862-9000
+1 509-996-2712
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Spend about a half hour strolling back in time learning about the pioneering and mining days of the Methow Valley, They museum has a great collection of period mining equipment as well as reconstructed cabins and village rooms to give an insight into daily life....More

Thank Jon D
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This is a great museum with outdoor exhibits of old cars, appliances etc. Also rooms where you can wander through and look at unusual and interesting antiques. The volunteer docents were helpful and friendly. I was interested in a old Mustache cup and saucer which...More

Thank Jan F
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This is an excellent free outdoor museum that covers a lot of history. Excellent preserved buildings with interior displays of what would have been in them when they were built. There is an extensive exhibit of mining and lumber equipment as well as a barn...More

Thank Ralph F
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This was opposite our hotel so was easy to get to. Anyone with walking difficulties should enter from the street at the top of the hill through the gate as there are a lot of steps up from the bottom The museum was a really...More

Thank Danny P
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Interesting museum. Lots of old time pieces to look at, and buildings to see. Really enjoyed our tour of this museum.

Thank Jannie T
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The Shafer Museum is full of artifacts from the earlier days of the Methow Valley and Winthrop. Wandering through the buildings, arrayed like a small village we got a clear sense of what life must have been like for the early settlers. We had the...More

Thank Michael O
Reviewed 7 September 2017

For a small donation, take a self-guided tour back in time through a small western town. Amazing to see the advances in ground transportation, building architecture, and mechanical development since the late 1800's. Be sure to sign the guest registry in the Castle, and bring...More

Thank brian b
Reviewed 5 September 2017

My wife and I spent a lot of time here learning about the settlement of Winthrop and its environs, as well as the labors of the white inhabitants and the industries that sustained the early white residents. The artifacts and posted information were fascinating; however,...More

Thank PNWExplorer1
Reviewed 2 September 2017

It was very interesting to see all of the history of such a small town, a lot of the history none of us knew about.

Thank Matteozk16
Reviewed 31 August 2017

For a small $3 donation you can walk through history of a small western town mockup. Each small room is decorated with antique materials used at that time, You can read the information plaques at each stop to self-guide. You can spend as little or...More

Thank Donna H
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21 July 2015|
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Response from Mariagrey | Reviewed this property |
Hello tfcbob: The Shafer Museum is open everyday from May 26.The building are open daily from 10am - 5pm the grounds are open during daylight hours. The admission price is by donation. I hope you enjoy your visit.