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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Address: 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: (253) 591-5339
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Ranked #13 of 86 things to do in Tacoma
Type: History museums, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: History museums, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Fort Nisqually is a hidden gem within Point Defiance Park. It is a small, outdoor museum, but worth the visit. There are docents available who have tremendous knowledge about the fort. They allow you to walk into many of the old buildings, and even touch some of the items on display. In one of the homes, you can walk right... More 

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Kennewick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

my dislike it was smaller than i expected, my like very interesting I liked the hands on and the knowledge of the historians.

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Spanaway, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The first time I went to Fort Nisqually, I was a chaperone for my daughter's elementary class. Though the information was abundant, the details were explained for an elementary class. So, I did what any history buff would do...go again, but this time, with just my family. My daughter was excited because she was able to discover things more in... More 

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Seattle
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900 reviews 900 reviews
311 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A fun place to learn for the kids. The fort and the associated buildings are well maintained and interesting to learn about. The coolest part are the volunteers that play roles in the fort. We chatted with a lumberjack sharpening an axe, a blacksmith making nails, and a gentleman that taught and played parlor games with us. The hands-on and... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We enjoyed the history of the fort and surrounding are as presented by the park workers. They were dressed to the period of the fort and very knowledgable. Wow! Things have really changed since those days.

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Puget Sound
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167 reviews 167 reviews
27 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Fun for out-of-town visitors or locals young and old alike. Everything depicts the time period historically correct including the clothing of the knowledgable staff. Definitely worth a stop!

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Lakewood, WA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

What sets this museum apart is that the volunteers and staff have enormous love and enthusiasm for the heritage of Fort Nisqually. The fort was established as a British outpost and its influence waned as the Americans came in. But the people of the time left journals and records that show what life was like, and the people here have... More 

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TACOMA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a great place to go to see how things were back when you had to work for everything. There are live people in old style buiding to show you how things were made and why they did the things they did. I highly recommend it. It is kid and adult friendly.

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Renton
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

There were two guides dressed in period clothing that were very well versed in the history of the fort to explain the buildings and exhibits. Very nice vegetable garden. Last time we went the entrance was fort, now there is admission fee of $6 per adult.

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Spanaway
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

So everyone has proable visited a living history museum or been to a reactment at some point in their life but this one is at NIGHT and it takes the cake. So no flashlights, photography, strollers allowed but this only to preserve the mood and effect that you are in the 1855. They do have wonderful tour guides to fill... More 

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