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Shafer Historical Museum

285 Castle Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862-9000
+1 509-996-2712
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Very interesting! A must see in Winthrop!

History lovers will totally enjoy seeing the "castle" and all the artifacts from the early days of... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2016
Anacortes, Washington
Fun and educational!

This is a great museum set up as an old western town in which you can walk around and look at the... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2016
Sedro Woolley, Washington
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285 Castle Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862-9000
+1 509-996-2712
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

History lovers will totally enjoy seeing the "castle" and all the artifacts from the early days of life in the area. Give yourself at least an hour, if not a little more, to read the information and view everything.

Thank LaraDunning
Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a great museum set up as an old western town in which you can walk around and look at the buildings inside in out. It takes suggested donations at a great price. The volunteer watches the museum did everything she could to answer...More

Thank goddessfuri
Reviewed 1 November 2016

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

Thank wayne963
Reviewed 23 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,...More

Thank Terry M
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.

Thank cctravel
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...More

Thank cc_seattle_wa
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.

Thank Rick S
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!

Thank Jessy-Ann P
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...More

Thank Diane B
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...More

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What are the museum hours? Days open?
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.