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A must see stop in Winthrop

The Schafer historical museum is wrapped around the historic home of Guy Waring founder of the Town... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sandy M
Winthrop, Washington
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Fun local history museum with a great view of the valley. Must do if in Winthrop. Free but don't be... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Goldendale, Washington
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Offers a recreated settlement of the 1920s.
285 Castle Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862-9000
+1 509-996-2712
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Schafer historical museum is wrapped around the historic home of Guy Waring founder of the Town of Winthrop. Entering the museum takes you back in time to the late 19th century. Housing shops and the every day details of 19th century living. The museum...More

Thank Sandy M
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Fun local history museum with a great view of the valley. Must do if in Winthrop. Free but don't be cheap, donate a few bucks.

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Reviewed 5 October 2018

What a great historical town - and it’s free! There were about 10 historical buildings in this outdoor museum complex so full of artifacts that you could spend all day here. It seems that a local merchant in the 1930s would take items in trade...More

Thank Gryfudd
Reviewed 16 September 2018

This was definitely highlight of our trip. It does not look like much from the bottom of the road, I thought it will take about 30 min. Well 3 hours later we could still hang out there but we had to get on the road....More

Thank pohyb
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Interesting selection of artifacts, well displayed and very close to everything in Winthrop. Outside displays can be seen at any time.

Thank colliefan2015
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Great museum of the old west. We camped next door at the rv Park and spent some time wondering around lots of old equipment, staged old buildings, and lots more. Walking distance from town

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Shafer Museum is a collection of original Methow Valley cabins moved to a central location and filled with artifacts and antiques from the area’s origin. The collection is well-rounded; photographs, books, clothes, tools, kitchen supplies, even medical supplies. Donations are suggested, but a fee is...More

Thank TraceyH2253
Reviewed 7 July 2018

This free museum , although they ask for donations of at least $3 each, is very near the centre of Winthrop, has so many exhibits and buildings showcasing how life has existed in the 1800s and onwards in this type of location. Lots of mechanical...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Donation only so no cost. This place has so much to see and will learn alot about the history of the area. A Great place to take kids so they can learn what life was like and see the tools that were used.

Thank 860lynnf
Reviewed 24 June 2018

My husband and 15yo son can spend HOURS talking about all the old time machinery and historical artifacts that the Shafer Museum houses within it's open-to-the-public walls. This place was the BOMB when we were homeschooling our kids - so many wonderful lessons are within...More

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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.