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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
+1 253-404-3970
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A great walk through time

This venue has lots of different events and activities, and of course is more active during the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
barbaradW4367OF
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Tacoma, United States
Really well done

Visiting the Restored Fort is interesting, even if the living history museum is not being... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
JackR46
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Fullerton, Ca, USA
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank barbaradW4367OF
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank JackR46
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

A place to learn the history of the area. At certain times, they are historical reenactors demonstrating various aspects of life in the 1850s.

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

I brought my nieces and nephews. They loved running though the campus, climbing the old staircases, dressing in period clothing and talking with the staff. It's an active, safe, and educational place to bring your kids (or your grandparents) out for a tour. With the...More

Thank David B
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

We like history so this was a fun activity in the park. The people dressed in period costumes were very informative and interesting. It really helped bring the place to life and added to the visit. I enjoyed it more than expected.

Thank WMC08
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We were taken by a US friend who thought we would enjoy living history about the Hudson Bay Company and its connection with Great Britain (where we are from). She was right. It was very interesting to learn more about the mid 19th century period...More

Thank Picardwebber
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Fort Nisqually, is well worth a visit. The historical guides bring the history of the alive. The buildings are original and the setting is beautiful. Families or solo/couples will enjoy it.

Thank Cherie E
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Fort Nisqually takes visiting a fort to a different level. As with most forts, it's fun to poke around and take a step back in time. Located in Point Defiance Park, which is a bit of a drive from the main entrance, the fort is...More

1  Thank Rainier72
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

We enjoyed our return trip to Fort Nisqually which is in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. The fort is a replica fort for the Hudson Bay Company. Its interesting to see.

1  Thank mini
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

My nephews, age 6 and 8, enjoyed their time at the museum. There were areas for children to play with toys from the same time period as the fort first was used. There were people to answer the endless questions, period clothes to try on,...More

Thank Cheryl A
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Rachelle O
20 June 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
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Donna E
11 February 2016|
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Response from Orcasid | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But reasonable and I considered it a donation to a great program.
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