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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

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Address: Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
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+1 253-591-5339
11:00 - 17:00
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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay...

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.


Sunday, Oct. 9

Thurs., Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)

Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas)

Sun., Jan. 1 (New Years day)

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I took my granddaughter and my mother here on the spur of the moment when we were on a drive through the park. It was so educational for our 6-year old, our 56-year old, and our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my granddaughter and my mother here on the spur of the moment when we were on a drive through the park. It was so educational for our 6-year old, our 56-year old, and our 86-year old!!

Thank Lang59
Snohomish, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is perfect for any history lover. Displays are good, hands-on activities are given at various times, and children will love looking around. If a day trip is the order of the day, there are picnic tables in a grove right outside the museum entrance to sit down for a picnic lunch.

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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had a Blast! Our group of eight was mostly strangers, and I think we all worked well as a team. We did escape, but only at the last second! I think the puzzle was just difficult enough without being impossible, so the challenge was fun. You don't need any vast knowledge of history to complete the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

First off, you enter and exit from the gift shop, so steel yourself for that. Prepare a statement. Inside though, the experience is much better than a history channel talking head. The actors love to answer questions. They do speak of the place in Past Tense, so its not like you are going to trip them up somehow or make... More 

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Sioux Falls, SD
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

We visited the fort on a weekday when a group of school children were visiting which was not ideal as they were the focus of the staff which is fine. This is a nice fort, but is mostly geared toward children. I am glad I saw it.

1 Thank lizSiouxFalls_SD
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We were exploring and found this great fort! If you love history this is the place to stop and see. $7 adult admission, a great gift shop and the staff is amazing! You can take your time and explore they have hands on activities and it's a beautiful place!

1 Thank Christie C
Spanaway, Washington
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Reviewed 12 October 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
Seattle WA
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Reviewed 9 October 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 in our Northwest history! You could tell they love doing this. It was very well... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 3 October 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
Saint Nom la Breteche
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Reviewed 27 September 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

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