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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 #10 of 29 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Spanaway, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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736 reviews 736 reviews
232 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
96 helpful votes 96 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
26 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Chico, CA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
74 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

An old trading post for the Hudson Bay Trading Company-- there are several different restored buildings, including a working blacksmith shop and some gardens. There were several docents in period clothing ready to answer questions about the fort and its history. It was uncrowded and you're free to wander around anywhere you choose. From just outside the gates there is... More 

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Brush Prairie, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

By far one of the most educational, fun, entertaining, and inclusive forts I've ever been to. We were immediately greeted by wonderful hosts of the fort. It's extremely well maintained and there are TONS of activities that makes this fort a fun and hands-on place to visit. We paid $22 for two adults and four children, we paid the "family... More 

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