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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 34 attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Tacoma, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Seattle
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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22 helpful votes 22 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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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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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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TACOMA WA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This attraction is a short distance from our home. It is a well presented historical recreation of a hudson bay trading outpost of the mid 19th century,bring you coon skin cap and check it out

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

If your going to the Point Defiance Park or Zoo, this is a somewhat interesting stop within the park. They do charge admission, like $5 or $6, I think, so keep it in mind. Probably 1/2 hr of time is enough to see what's there.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I'm a succor for a living history attraction...have visited them all over the world. I love the learning, the way the settings play with my imagination. Fort Nisqually, besides recreating a Hudson Bay trading post of the late 1800's has costumed actors who engage not only to educate but do it with fun. The Fort is rebuilt with some original... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

You want talk with the walk? Here the volunteer staff has no problems giving you information on the location and details of the Fort. Take some time on the drive in to see the animals on the roadside. Raccoons beg for food so bring extra for that pic-nic at the numerous spots along the drive and many of them have... More

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