Arts & Culture


Winthrop and the surrounding Methow Valley are renowned for the artists and craftspersons who call this place their home.

Here are several galleries that showcase the work of local, regional and other artists. You'll also find unique and unforgettable gifts and novelties, and likely run into an artist or two during your visit.

Phone: 509-996-2712
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Address: 285 Castle Ave
Winthrop, WA 98862

Shafer Museum

An incredible collection of Winthrop, western history. Original historic buildings and artifacts. Do not miss this fantastic museum. Open daily 10am-5pm Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Phone: (509) 996-3222
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Address: 729 Highway 20
Winthrop, WA 98862

The Barnyard Cinema

The Barnyard Cinema is a venue for independent movies, live music and other arts events. Check out our website and Facebook page for showtimes. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, hot dogs, popcorn and candy for purchase! A great, new movie house with very comfortable seating!

Phone: 509-997-7529
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Address: Corner of 2nd and Glover Streets
Twisp, WA 98856

The Merc Playhouse

Located in the center of Twisp, The Merc Playhouse occupies the historic Twisp Mercantile Building, built in 1926. Ideal for theatrical and musical performances, The Merc offers a rewarding experience for all audience members. All 99 seats provide a clear view of the stage, and no seat is farther than 20 feet from downstage center. Productions take place in summer and winter, with rental events year-round. Check the website for a listing of upcoming events.

Phone: 509-996-3925
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Address: PO Box 272
Winthrop, WA 98862

Winthrop Gallery

We feature and are run by local and regional artists of Eastern Washington. Works include quality hand built furniture, exquisite wood turned bowls, beautiful hand blown glass, oil and watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, hand woven rugs, felt wall hangings, photography, pottery, original clay sculpture, jewelry, rod iron works, lights, etc. Come visit, browse and meet the local artist!

Phone: 509-996-3660
Address: 236 Riverside Avenue
Winthrop, WA 98862

Winthrop Glassworks

Incredible, local artisan hand-blown glassware, perfect for the home and gift-giving. Stop by and watch Garth blow glass and provide history and humor about glass blowing in the process. Located on main street in downtown Winthrop.

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Address: PO Box 1092
Twisp, WA 98856

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival

Winthrop Music Association
3-day, award-winning blues festival (named 'Best US Festival 2015' by Memphis-based Blues Foundation) features such legendary performers as Mavis Staples, John Mayall, Eric Burdon, Charlie Musselwhite. Draws, music fans from across the US West and Canada. The Methow's largest event. Produced by the non-profit Winthrop Music Association, the festival has donated over $50k in the past 10 years to support hunger relief, music education in the Methow.

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Address: PO Box 249
Winthrop, WA 98862

Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival

Visit the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival each summer beginning the 4th Thursday in July at Signal Hill Ranch, off highway 20 halfway between Winthrop and Twisp. Experience breathtaking hilltop views and incredible sounds. Arrive early and enjoy a gourmet tasting menu accompanied by local beers and wines. Pre-concert lectures and recitals will whet your appetite and prepare you for the exceptional performances to come. Plenty of parking.

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Address: PO Box 632
Winthrop, WA 98862

Outdoor Arts and Recreation

Based out of the Methow Valley, Outdoor Arts and Recreation organizes three major festivals around the Pacific Northwest each year. The Rendezvous Festival, The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree and the Trail Running Film Festival. More information on our events and organization can be found on our website.

Phone: 509-996-2598
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Address: PO Box 1113
Winthrop, WA 98862

Paula Christen Watercolors

"Discover the Artist Within" Half day watercolor class. No experience needed. All materials provided. Individual or up to 6 people.