The Upper Wenatchee Valley is home to more than just the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. It is also the home to a diverse heritage that still lives on today. One of the best places to experience the rich history and traditional culture of Leavenworth is at the Upper Valley Museum. This beautiful destination has proudly stood for over a century and houses many years of history just waiting to be discovered by you. Whether you foster an appreciation for history or are simply looking for something fun to do on vacation, you won’t want to leave the Upper Valley Museum off your itinerary!
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Brief History of the Upper Valley Museum
The structure in which the museum lives has existed for many years served many roles. It was the home of the Field family, the town bankers, the site of the Lamb-Davis Bungalow, and for a time, the Haus Lorelei bed & breakfast. The surrounding acreage is comprised of the Barn Beach Reserve, a property that stretches from the Wenatchee River to the residential area. It’s lovely views and serene setting makes it a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the downtown area and enjoy the beauty of the Cascades.
About the Upper Valley Historical Society
The museum is run by the Upper Valley Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the region’s artifacts and oral history. They organize the museum’s exhibits, children’s educational programs, and conduct many fun events throughout the year. The society depends heavily on memberships to achieve their goals and always welcome fellow history enthusiasts. If you’re interested in an Upper Valley Museum membership, you can view the price and benefits at the museum website!
Upper Valley Museum Exhibits
The exhibits at the Upper Valley Museum interest locals, students, and visitors alike! From historical artifacts, Bavarian-themed items, and seasonal displays, this museum has it all! Here is what you can expect to see during your visit:
The Permanent Exhibit: Items in this display pertain to the development of the Upper Valley and the Bavarian village of Leavenworth.
Rotating Exhibits: These displays normally consist of artifacts from the Upper Valley. Each exhibit will be different, so be sure to check back seasonally for new items!
Special Exhibits: During special times of the year, such as festivals or holidays, items in the special exhibits will cater directly to these events. It may also be a seasonal display that the society believes would be of interest to visitors.
More Leavenworth Museums You Have to See
Leavenworth has more stories to tell! Be sure to visit these incredible local museums to learn more about Leavenworth’s history and find fascinating items you won’t find anywhere else.
Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum: No other tool has been made into so many different designs with such a variety of materials as the nutcracker! Step into the museum and discover hundreds upon hundreds of handcrafted nutcrackers, learn how to use them, and even take one home for yourself!
Cashmere Pioneer Village and Museum: This historic village consists of 20 original structures from the days of the pioneers. As you explore you’ll encounter many old establishments including the one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880’s, the saddle shop, the post office, the doctor’s office, and many family residences.
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