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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

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Address: Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: +1 253-591-5339
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay...
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. With the help of costumed interpreters, guests experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store.
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This is quite a drive from Tacoma city proper ( maybe 20-25 minutes), hidden by the trees similar to a rainforest just follow the direction along the way. When we visited there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is quite a drive from Tacoma city proper ( maybe 20-25 minutes), hidden by the trees similar to a rainforest just follow the direction along the way. When we visited there were many families with kids. You pay $7 entrance for adults and the child aged 5-17 is $4, It shows you the history of the fur trade area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is by far the best museum of its kind we've ever toured! It has a spectacular array of things, but it also tells the history of British settlers in Washington through buildings and reenactment, and there is a wonderful display through living history. The curators and staff were gracious and educational as well. We did... More 

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Fort Nisqually Museum is one of my favorite features in Tacoma. Whenever I have friends visiting from out of town, I take them here. The Fort does a wonderful job of preserving and presenting history. I especially appreciate when we hit a time when they have volunteers, dressed in period-appropriate wear, "working" the various areas. They'll will tell you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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Wade, North Carolina
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: +1 253-591-5339
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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