the Shafer Historical Museum

The Museum is currently CLOSED.

Summer Hours

Museums are listed in Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington reopening plan, and we’ll be patiently waiting for Okanogan County to reach that point. The Board and Museum Director are carefully considering operating procedures so our volunteers and visitors can enjoy the museum in a safe and healthy manner.

The footpath between Castle Ave and Riverside Ave is CLOSED.

Archives are available by appointment.

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 closed.

Archives are available by appointment.

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 for active duty military and their families.

Location and Parking

285 Castle Avenue, Winthrop, Washington

Easy, plentiful street parking is available on Castle Avenue. A footpath from Riverside Avenue/Hwy20 provides (uphill) walking access from the main street of Winthrop.

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. 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.