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“Learned a lot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shafer Historical Museum

Shafer Historical Museum
Castle Avenue, Winthrop, WA
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Winthrop
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Offers a recreated settlement of the 1920s.
Kirkland, Washington
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“Learned a lot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Spend a half day exploring this gem of history and heritage. It is an amazing collection and documentation of how life was, when this whole area developed over 100 years ago. ... How easy life is these compared.

Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“A Historic Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is a Museum as Historians vouch is built on barteing and houses the Artefacts and Equipments assiduously collected by Simon and Joyce Shafer who settled in this area in 1920 and acquaired them from Early settlers.They donated this to the county in the year 1948 so that history could be maintained for posterity.
It is free attraction though a donation of two dollors is advised .I suggest we donate more so that the place can be maintained.The museum houses the state of art equipments used by the miners in the byegone era( As the Volunteers proudly say).The Kitchen and equipments,Laundry,Class Room ,Doctors Room are a few attractions apart from theEngineering Equipments and farming Equipments displayed.The displays are not mounted as you would see in a modern museum but definately worth a look and study to have a clear perspective of the life in these areas .You can easily spend an hour here marvelling at the collections.

Visited August 2013
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Poulsbo, WA
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“We may think...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

life is a struggle at times, but a visit to the Shafer Museum puts it all back into perspective.

Have a new appreciation for what rural American life was like a hundred years ago. From the ingenuity of the machines used for farming, travel, printing, and even mining, to the labor required to operate them all, you'll be impressed at the kind of grit people must have had at the time not only make a living but also the creativity it took to make it all possible.

We especially liked the mining plant that is complete from the engine and pump to the hammers, riffle table, and final separator. What a sight it must have been to see those hammers dropping off the cams to slam down and crush huge rocks into processable chunks!

Also check out the classroom and have a chuckle at the rules for teachers posted on the wall.

A great attraction and well worth the time and minimum donation, which, by the way, is tiny at $2, so be sure to drop them a bit more so we can keep this great collection of history alive and available!

Visited August 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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“So interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We had fun walking around this museum and marveling at its collection. What a treasure of a museum. I think kids as well as adults would like to spend some time there.

Visited July 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Amazing collection of artifacts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This little gem of a museum was fantastic! The collection of artifacts from early settlers of the Methow Valley is absolutely incredible, and the way everything is laid out (in great little buildings, some original, that resemble an old settler village) make for an historical experience that brings the details of that era to life. Everything from huge mining equipment to the smallest details of family life (old kitchen "appliances" and washing machines and clothing and photo albums) as well as village life (schoolroom, doctor's office, etc.) is here. We didn't have a lot of time, but you could easily spend a couple of hours taking in everything (we only had about 45 minutes and got to walk through it all).

Visited August 2013
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