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“Entertaining and Informative!”

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Ranked #12 of 79 things to do in Tacoma
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Owner description: 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)
Everett, WA
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272 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Entertaining and Informative!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a great place to spend a few hours. A very inexpensive walk back into history, where re-enactors show you what living in the 1850's was really like. An added bonus was that so many of the volunteers had family connections with the history they are "living out" for our enjoyment. It is located inside Pt Defiance Park, which has a number of other attractions to keep you busy for the whole day.

Visited July 2012
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BELLEVUE
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109 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A step back into the fur trade era”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Nice little living history museum. The staff are friendly and informative. If you can, go on a weekend when there is some sort of event. We went on Queen Victoria's birthday, so there was music and games, as well as folks doing period crafts.

Visited May 2012
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Ashford, Washington, United States
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Authentic history”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

Perfectly kept and fully functional step into yesteryear! loved visiting as a child and as an adult.

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Tacoma,WA
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59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Interesting and fun”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

I like to take my family here when they have a "living exhibit" going on. You get to see people dressed in period clothing, doing chores, playing, etc.

Visited October 2011
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Tacoma, WA
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64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great little History Museum”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

This is an excellent facility almost entirely run by volunteers and folks passionate about teaching history through re-enactment and experience. It is a great place to visit with children. It is especially lovely to visit when they are having one of their many special events.

Visited December 2011
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