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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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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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Fort Nisqually

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank OmahaTraveler57
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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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Fascinating history and the friendliest employees/volunteers. Everything was well maintained and the people were incredibly knowledgeable. Very informative and hands on visit.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Take a step back in time and experience what life was like as an 1850's Hudson's Bay Company employee. Frequently changing exhibits, first person re-enactors and special events make this a destination for repeat visits. Not to be missed!

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This charming small complex in Point Defiance Park shows what a Hudson's Bay Company settlement, established nearby in 1833, looked like in 1855. Two of the fort's original structures -- the Factor's House and Granary -- were moved to the park and the rest of the buildings were recreated to look like the originals, which no longer exist. Volunteers and... More 

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