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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 591-5339
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Ranked #14 of 37 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Summertime is the right time for grown-up fun at Fort Nisqually Friday at the Fort on Friday, July 29 from 6 to 9 pm   Adults 21 and over are invited... more »
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Chico, CA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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13 helpful votes 13 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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9 attraction reviews
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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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71 reviews 71 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This Fort is in the Point Defiance Park. A beautiful drive through the park will take you to the Fort. There is an entrance fee of five dollars per person. They have replicated the Fort and there are people walking around that will tell you all about the history. The "big house" was my favorite. They actually used documents that... More

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Tacoma, WA
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30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Plan on a visit of two hours or so. The new gift shop/entrance is a great addition. The log buildings give you a sense of life in a trading post of the Northwest. Often time there are docents working in some of the old buildings. My favorite is the blacksmith shop. Kids will love climbing in the bastions. Well worth... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

really enjoyed the visit and all the information about the local area and how it used to be here as well as the visiting craft and spokesperson.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

A living history section of Point Defiance that gives an idea of what the fort was like in the mid-1800s. There are costumed individuals around the buildings to explain, answer questions and point out special things.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

enjoyable outdoor family activity with great history facts. Time spent there was an hour or so. Black smith and historical costumes were fun. You could even make moccosians

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