the Shafer Historical Museum

Take a peek inside!

The museum grounds and outdoor exhibits are available for self-guided visits. The museum is transitioning to winter hours.

The pathway between Riverside Ave & Castle Ave is open until it becomes icy. The path is not maintained in the winter. Use is at your own risk.

Summer Hours

Opening May 7, 2021

Until then, visitors may visit the outdoor displays and "Take a Peek Inside" through the windows with signs.

Please contact the museum to make any special arrangements.

Archives are available by appointment year 'round.

Winter Hours

Grounds available during daylight hours on your own, featuring mining and farming collections. Buildings are closed.

Please note: Snow is not cleared. Path to Riverside Ave is open only until it becomes too icy.

Archives are available by appointment year 'round.


Admission is by donation. Suggested minimum is $5 per adult. Youth are free.

The museum relies on admissions to share and preserve the history of the Methow Valley, yet is available to all regardless of ability to pay. Please give generously!

We are a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military and their families.

Location & Parking

285 Castle Avenue, Winthrop, Washington

Easy, plentiful street parking is available on Castle Avenue. A footpath from Riverside Avenue/Hwy 20 provides (uphill) walking access from the main street of Winthrop.

Large Group Tours

Available by request. Please phone or email at least 2 weeks prior to your desired date or (509) 380-9911. Guides are volunteers and we need time to ensure staff are available to meet you. A tour fee and admissions fees are collected in advance or at the time of your tour.

Museum Archives

All year 'round, photos, documents, books and research materials are accessible in our archives office by appointment. If needed, research services are available for a small fee that directly supports preservation efforts. Contact us to come in:

Selections of the Museum's collections are available ONLINE.

What are your favorite places?

The Shafer Museum is one of Ralph Munro's! The former Washington Secretary of State visited the museum and shares what he likes the best in this video. You can't visit right now, but you can still get a peek inside here.