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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We did not take a tour of the buildings as it was a cold, wet December day but we did visit the... read more

Reviewed January 17, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama

All of Point Defiance Park is simply amazing. Fort Nisqually is iconic and has been here forever... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Will D
Tacoma, Washington
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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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Reviewed January 17, 2019

We did not take a tour of the buildings as it was a cold, wet December day but we did visit the gift shop and had a lovely conversation about the fort with the attendant.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank shnpan
Reviewed November 7, 2018

All of Point Defiance Park is simply amazing. Fort Nisqually is iconic and has been here forever. They sadly took down Never Never Land, which was right next door to the fort. I drive 5 mile drive several times a year and think back in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Will D
Reviewed September 17, 2018

It may have been the time of year that I visited the Fort- after school had started- but the only living history character on the premises was the Black Smith. The buildings had good signage about what they were but with no activity going on,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stucktravel
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

What a great way to spend our fall day. It was interesting to see the buildings from long ago with their furnishings. We ran across a very informative lady in the store building. She explained the history of the area and of the museum. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SarahR4243
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Did a quick stop at fort nisqually. We enjoyed it. Point defiance park is very nice and the fort gave a good historical perspective

Date of experience: August 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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r f
August 30, 2018|
Response from davisellu | Reviewed this property |
It varies depending on what category you fall under so check the website (which cannot be posted here). If you google "Fort Nisqually" it will come up.
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|
Response from Orcasid | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But reasonable and I considered it a donation to a great program.