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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Opens in 23 min: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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1855 reenactment of the Hudson Bay Company

What a great way to spend our fall day. It was interesting to see the buildings from long ago with... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2018
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Nice site inside a very nice park with lots of trails and scenery

Did a quick stop at fort nisqually. We enjoyed it. Point defiance park is very nice and the fort... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
San Francisco, California
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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 4 weeks ago

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

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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

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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

Thank 64falcon260
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.

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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.