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“Very cool history ”

Shafer Historical Museum
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Winthrop
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offers a recreated settlement of the 1920s.
Reviewed 28 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 Lynn F
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"suggested donation"
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"early settlers"
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"methow valley"
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"old west"
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"great collection"
in 4 reviews
"local history"
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"showing how"
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"small donation"
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"farm equipment"
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"step back in time"
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"early days"
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"small western town"
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"outdoor exhibits"
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"general store"
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"great place to take kids"
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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 each building from machining tools, keeping warm, mining for gold, to keeping a house ... and on and on! Now-a-days, my daughter and I sit in the lawn and enjoy the animated squirrel fights while son and hubby pore over the extensive collection. Regardless of any similarities to my family, you are sure to have a good time at the Shafer Historical Museum!

Thank LandL F
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

This is a very well organized museum with a LOT of old memorabilia from the area. They have a lot of signage explaining what you're looking at. The whole thing is a series of buildings, each made out to be a specific type of building (home, school, doctor's office, etc) connected with a boardwalk making it look very much like an old town. They also have a lot of stuff outdoors, most of which seemed to be connected with mining. There is no admission charged although they do ask for donations. I highly recommend a visit to the Shafer Museum and please donate generously!

Thank Twila T
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

This is an interesting outdoor self-guided museum. My kids all found it interesting for an hour or two and the hilltop location was very pleasant on a warm morning. They also allowed my dog to walk the grounds with me. The museum is free but they depend on small donations, so bring a couple bucks in cash.

Thank PLCallo
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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

We loved seeing the exhibits of how daily life was back in the old days of Winthrop. Peek into each house and see the things they wore, the tools they used and even the vehicles they drove. There are also lots of antique farm equipment around there. The curator of the museum was really nice and friendly. She showed us what some buildings used to look like before they transformed into their current Western-inspired counterparts. Don’t forget to sign their guestbook too!

Thank Jeannine A
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