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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
+1 253-591-5339
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Stroll through history

Churn butter, learn to make bread in old Bertha, hear about the interesting history of the area... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2016
Lavinna P
Spanaway, Washington
via mobile
A trip back in time

Attended the annual candle light tour (must buy your tickets in advance) this evening. Such a... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2016
Seattle WA
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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, 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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Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
+1 253-591-5339
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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.

1  Thank Lavinna P
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...More

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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
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.

1  Thank Francois L
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...More

1  Thank Falpalnkenny
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
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...More

Thank Karen S
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...More

1  Thank Senioronabudget
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...More

Thank OmahaTraveler57
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...More

Thank Christy P
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Rachelle O
How long does a visit take?
June 20, 2017|
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Response from ClineFam | Reviewed this property |
Depends on what your family is into. 2 hours is a safe bet.
Donna E
is there paid admission?
February 11, 2016|
Response from Orcasid | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But reasonable and I considered it a donation to a great program.