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Living History is so much more fun than the other kind!

When we bought our admission tickets we asked average visit time, she said about 45 minutes to an... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2018
Los Angeles
We ran out of time!

There's a lot to see and do here so give yourself a couple of hours to see every building, read... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2018
Kelowna, Canada
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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...more
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Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
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Reviewed July 2, 2018

When we bought our admission tickets we asked average visit time, she said about 45 minutes to an hour, we were there three hours. Very well done and the staff in costume were very knowledgeable and pleased to answer questions in depth. We left with...More

Thank RandiLosAngeles
Reviewed May 28, 2018

There's a lot to see and do here so give yourself a couple of hours to see every building, read every sign, and chat with anyone of the friendly and passionately knowledgeable staff decked out in period costume. This is a great experience for kids....More

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Reviewed May 20, 2018

Approach any person dressed in period costume and chat them up. The most knowledgeable historians/volunteers/staff seem to be available mainly on the weekends, especially the big event days. (Maybe on weeknights, too?) However, it can be very peaceful to go on a weekday afternoon or...More

Thank JMJ_NW
Reviewed May 17, 2018

It's a little hard to find this place within the park, but keep persevering-- it's worth it. It's a very true to life re-creation of a Hudson Bay Company fort from the mid 1800s (re-built in the 1930s by the conservation corps). The guides dressed...More

Thank davisellu
Reviewed March 4, 2018

I have been here as a kid, as an adult and with grand kids. Intersting piece of history of our great PNW

Thank Larry T
Reviewed February 19, 2018

This venue has lots of different events and activities, and of course is more active during the summer months. If you plan on visiting, be sure to check their website, they are open on a limited basis. Many events are free or there is a...More

2  Thank barbaradW4367OF
Reviewed January 24, 2018

Visiting the Restored Fort is interesting, even if the living history museum is not being presented, but if you want to experience the living museum, check schedule ahead to make certain it will be open the time that you are visiting.

Thank JackR46
Reviewed January 12, 2018

A place to learn the history of the area. At certain times, they are historical reenactors demonstrating various aspects of life in the 1850s.

1  Thank madrona1415
Reviewed November 18, 2017

I brought my nieces and nephews. They loved running though the campus, climbing the old staircases, dressing in period clothing and talking with the staff. It's an active, safe, and educational place to bring your kids (or your grandparents) out for a tour. With the...More

Thank David B
Reviewed September 22, 2017

We like history so this was a fun activity in the park. The people dressed in period costumes were very informative and interesting. It really helped bring the place to life and added to the visit. I enjoyed it more than expected.

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Rachelle O
June 20, 2017|
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Response from JSmith253 | Reviewed this property |
It's up to you. It's a living museum. You can look around, or listen to the guides talk about the era. There are many special events planned, and some are quite popular and can draw a crowd. I would look on their website... More
Donna E
February 11, 2016|
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Yes. But reasonable and I considered it a donation to a great program.