Shafer Historical Museum

Winter Welcome 

Snow is not cleared on the museum grounds. The museum grounds are available during daylight hours on your own to visit, featuring mining and farming collections outdoors. Buildings are CLOSED. 

Please note: Snow is not cleared on the museum grounds. The path between Castle Avenue and Riverside Avenue/Hwy 20 is NOT maintained or cleared and should not be used in ice/snow conditions. Any use is at your own risk. 

Archives and the museum office are available by appointment. More information is below. 

Online Photos & materials

Much of the Museum's collections of photos and documents are available to view online.

View photos, documents and images from the Shafer Museum's archives online. 

Looking for something in particular?  Volunteers can aid your research or answer questions. Get in touch at or leave a voicemail at 509-380-9911 and we'll return your call as soon as possible.

With Gratitude to Friends and Donors

The Shafer Museum relies on donations and grants from many supporters to share & preserve Methow Valley history with community members and visitors:

Members and individual donors to the Shafer Museum

GiveMethow donors

The Philadelphia Foundation

Donors through the Seattle Foundation

Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

Twispworks Foundation for COVID-19 relief funds

MethowValley Fund & the Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Sun Mountain Lodge

Humanities Washington

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