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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 591-5339
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Ranked #13 of 39 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Puget Sound
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156 reviews 156 reviews
26 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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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135 reviews 135 reviews
75 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Jackson, Mississippi
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Fort Nisqually is located inside beautiful Point Defiance Park. The views of the forests & Puget Sound along the Five Mile Drive are breathtaking. The Fort was an old fur traders' post. It has been re-created from old journals descriptions and takes you back in time.

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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I convinced my reluctant family to join me for a bit of local history immersion. The volunteers are awesome and love that they stay in character. We arrived right at opening, and were the only visitors there for the first hour, which meant that we had several of our personal tour guides (good for me, bad for the children; as... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Living fort with inhabitants who are living life as it was in the 1800's. You can interact with them but they are not from our time. It was a fun and interesting visit. Lot's of history and you can watch a old lifestyle in action.

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