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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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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.

October 1 – April 30* Open Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*Sewing to Sowing – Saturday, April 23 – Open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Extended Summer Hours of Operation:

May 1 – September 30 Open Sunday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

SPECIAL CLOSURES:

Sunday, Oct. 9

Thurs., Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)

Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas)

Sun., Jan. 1 (New Years day)

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Cute place

The park IS quite attractive in a beautiful wooden area and views over The Sound. The fort itself IS interesting but has been rebuilt. Good explanations from local guides.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Francois L
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Saint Nom la Breteche
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Saint Nom la Breteche
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The park IS quite attractive in a beautiful wooden area and views over The Sound. The fort itself IS interesting but has been rebuilt. Good explanations from local guides.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The fort itself is incredibly impressive with how well they've capture the historical essence. The "general store" was so detailed. We felt like we were purchase supplies for our wagon. What really makes the fort though is the passionate volunteers. They knew a lot of about the history of the area. We were visiting from out of town and it... More 

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Thank Falpalnkenny
Gig Harbor, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice history tour with volunteers around sometimes in character and costume to tell the stories of the fort and its people.

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Thank Wildroze25
Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

We brought family from the East coast here and just loved the park like setting. The historical interpreters talked to us about the fort which was a Hudson's Bay outpost. There is also a small gift shop where we bought a replica of a Huggins mug. Later, we had a picnic just outside the fort and were visited by three... More 

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

If there is a down side, there is no place to eat, unless you leave the park or picnic. Other than that, the staff is very helpful, the exhibits are well done and explained. Our grandsons especially enjoyed talking with one of the docents about what kids did in the 1840's.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

A relatively small price in time and dollars to relearn an American history lesson. We preceded this visit with a visit to the small museum in Dupont, Washington, near the site of the original Fort Nisqually and the source for two of the original buildings here. It is there that the Hudson Bay Company set up their trading post/fort and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Fort Nisqually represents what life was like in the 1800s if you lived in a fort in the Pacific Northwest. The staff were dressed in period costume and were knowledgable about the time period and very friendly. When we were there, on a Friday, there were no special events or demonstrations but it was still well worth the ($7) admission... More 

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Thank Christy P
Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Many years ago the old fort was moved to Point Defiance for park visitors to see. It is on the Five-Mile drive.

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Thank Albert_Tacoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

The weekend we were there, they had re-creation of old times with re-enactments of life and costumed participants…they were celebrating Queen Victorias Birthday!! (Go figure).

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Suisun City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Fun accurate historical landmark. The volunteers who staff the buildings are incredibly knowledgeable and very excited to share what they know.

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