Shafer Historical Museum

Late Summer & Autumn Hours

Always available: Grounds & outdoor displays open during daylight hours, closed at dusk.

Buildings CLOSED for the season as of September 26.

GIVE Methow In October

GIVE METHOW is a great way to donate to the museum and the places you love in the Methow Valley.

Preserve the Past - help the "Castle"

Before: Waring Cabin "Castle" exterior needs treatment & preservative
Before: Homesteaders cabin & Pioneer Press log cabins need better drainage at the foundation and oil on their dry logs.

Historic conservation specialist, Chris Gustafson from Vintage Window Restoration in Astoria, OR was at the Shafer Museum September 16-25 to lead volunteer crews in cleaning and treating the log cabins at the museum.


This is both a volunteer service project AND educational, so museum volunteers & historic building owners learn do this work on your own in the future. This is an especially great opportunity for anyone with an old structure who may be interested learning in how to responsibly treat & preserve historic wood.


This effort is funded in part through donations to the Museum in honor of Carl Miller from the Philadelphia Foundation and many others - thank you for helping secure this our local National Historic Landmark and the historic buildings at the museum, and around the Valley, for future generations!

With Gratitude to Friends and Donors

The Shafer Museum relies on donations and grants from many supporters to do & preserve Methow Valley history:

Members and individual donors to the Shafer Museum

GiveMethow donors

The Philadelphia Foundation

Donors through the Seattle Foundation

Twispworks Foundation for COVID-19 relief funds

MethowValley Fund & the Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Sun Mountain Lodge

Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by the U.S.Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.

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