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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

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Address: Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
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+1 253-591-5339
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.


Sunday, Oct. 9

Thurs., Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)

Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas)

Sun., Jan. 1 (New Years day)

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Take your 4th grader and the whole family/

First off, you enter and exit from the gift shop, so steel yourself for that. Prepare a statement. Inside though, the experience is much better than a history channel talking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 28, 2016
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

First off, you enter and exit from the gift shop, so steel yourself for that. Prepare a statement. Inside though, the experience is much better than a history channel talking head. The actors love to answer questions. They do speak of the place in Past Tense, so its not like you are going to trip them up somehow or make... More 

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Sioux Falls, SD
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

We visited the fort on a weekday when a group of school children were visiting which was not ideal as they were the focus of the staff which is fine. This is a nice fort, but is mostly geared toward children. I am glad I saw it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We were exploring and found this great fort! If you love history this is the place to stop and see. $7 adult admission, a great gift shop and the staff is amazing! You can take your time and explore they have hands on activities and it's a beautiful place!

1 Thank Christie C
Spanaway, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Churn butter, learn to make bread in old Bertha, hear about the interesting history of the area. Get a feel for what it was like to live and work in a fort. Take time to watch the blacksmith. Talented and informative.

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Seattle WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Attended the annual candle light tour (must buy your tickets in advance) this evening. Such a moving experience! The darkness, candle light and campfires really transported you back to 1859! The reenactors did a fantastic job of protraying life as is was at this time in our Northwest history! You could tell they love doing this. It was very well... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Nisquallly's Fort was very educational. They turn the hands of time back you the yesteryears. How clothing, shoes, hats etc was made. How farming, and raising their food. Making their tools, and trading their craftsmanship is awesome.

1 Thank daleetha
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 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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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

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.

1 Thank Wildroze25
Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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