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Shafer Historical Museum

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Address: Castle Avenue, Winthrop, WA
Phone Number: +1 509-996-2712
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Offers a recreated settlement of the 1920s.

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FASCINATING !

The history found here - in displays - pictures - equipment make this a MUST SEE - especially for kids !

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
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Greenbank, Washington
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Greenbank, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The history found here - in displays - pictures - equipment make this a MUST SEE - especially for kids !

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La Conner, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

At least in the winter, the buildings are only open for limited times, and only on the weekends, but you are free to walk around for a self-tour and the labeling and descriptions are very helpful. From antique machinery for farming to mining to logging, etc it is all there. If you enjoy the tour you can donate.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This museum is a wonderful collection of historic buildings and everyday items to celebrate Winthrop's pioneer history. I learned a lot from the exhibits about a place I had been visiting for years. The staff were also interesting to chat with.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting place to spend a couple of hours. The museum is quite a bit bigger than I was expecting and is free, meaning you don't have to purchase tickets to explore, but they do offer a few opportunities to give donations. We stopped on our way out of town and would recommend a stroll through to learn... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Have been to Winthrop on many occasions, Finally made it to the Shafer Museum. Alot of cool stuff that shows the mining and lumber history of the northern Washington and Winthrop area.

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Thank Rick S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Found this by chance. Great little museum. Lots of neat history in Winthrop. Nice that it's admission by donation, makes for an affordable family outing. Very much worth the stop!

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digeister
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Wow-this little dynamo of a museum has so much packed into that I could never see it all. The entire thing is laid out in areas, each clearly marked with what it is, what it did, where it came from, and some pieces had pictures of the original owners. The grounds are beautiful and there's something for everyone to get... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Incredibly well managed! Set up as a small town, with artifacts from the early 1900s when mining was prolific. Everything from the mining equipment, dress shop, doctor's office,print shop, the founder's homestead and carriages. Everything was so well cared for, it felt like you were walking into that time period!

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Corvallis, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Museum provides a good overview of the history of Methow Valley. Docents gracious and seemingly well-informed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

What a gem for Winthrop. You can tell the volunteers have put in a lot of time, talent, and treasure in preparing this museum. The grounds focus on the tools and equipment for mining and farming. Buildings included homes and businesses. Just a treat to walk around and look at everything. There is a wooden map on one outside wall... More 

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