Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum: Exploring the Fascinating World of Nutcrackers
The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is easily overlooked. However, it should not be missed as it is surprisingly informative and well worth the small cost of admission.
If your idea of a nutcracker is the red-coated solider-nutcracker from the Nutcracker Suite ballet, then you have only touched the surface of the world of nutcrackers. To be honest that's the first image that came to mind for me until I visited this absolutely nutty nutcracker museum.
Opened in 1995, you might be surprised to learn that the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum actually has a Mission Statement. According to this Mission Statement the purpose of the museum is more than just being a repository of a collection of nutcracking tools. Instead they hope to educate visitors on "the importance of nuts" and the "evolution of the nutcracker."
Nuts About Nuts
At the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum you will learn more than you ever thought possible about the lowly nut in all its many varieties. You'll learn how and where archeologists have discovered evidence of the earliest use of nuts and nutcracking tools, how nuts were important in international trade, and the many surprising ways early people incorporated nuts into their diet.
Speaking of diet, the museum is serious about convincing everybody of the necessity of eating more nuts. You'll learn the nutritional value of a variety of nuts, about studies that prove just how important nuts are to maintaining your health, and how beneficial they can be to those trying to lose weight.
Nuts About Nutcrackers
As you move through the nutcracker displays in the museum, you will be fascinated by the wide variety of styles and materials that have be used throughout history to make devices solely for the purpose of extracting the delicious morsels from the hard shelled nuts.
Finally, the museum has a great collection of those colorfully painted nutcrackers that look like people; from a Native American in full feathered headdress to a tall-standing soldier made popular by the Nutcracker Ballet so popular during the holidays each year. Without a doubt you will be amazed at the many ways people have come up with over the centuries to crack nuts.
To learn more about the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, the hours of operation and the very reasonable admission, visit their website here: http://www.nutcrackermuseum.com.
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