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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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A window into the 1850's

Take a step back in time and experience what life was like as an 1850's Hudson's Bay Company employee. Frequently changing exhibits, first person re-enactors and special events... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2015
Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

Take a step back in time and experience what life was like as an 1850's Hudson's Bay Company employee. Frequently changing exhibits, first person re-enactors and special events make this a destination for repeat visits. Not to be missed!

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

This charming small complex in Point Defiance Park shows what a Hudson's Bay Company settlement, established nearby in 1833, looked like in 1855. Two of the fort's original structures -- the Factor's House and Granary -- were moved to the park and the rest of the buildings were recreated to look like the originals, which no longer exist. Volunteers and... More 

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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

We liked seeing Fort Nisqually. It was one of several forts we saw on our trip to the Northwest. Fort Nisqually is in the 5 mile section of Port Defiance Park in Tacoma. It was once a trading and farming post of the Hudson Bay Company.

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Reviewed 12 August 2015

A long overdue visit to this piece of early Washington history was a real treat. While largely a well done recreation of the original site to the south, established in 1833, the living history activities bring the the whole program to life. Authentic in every detail, I left well educated in the life and times of this Hudson's Bay Company... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

good place to take the kids. history of early Washington. this place was an important part in the making of our state.

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Reviewed 31 July 2015

When my daughter and I visited, the fort was host to student groups, so the buildings and grounds were filled with personnel in period costumes giving demonstrations of blacksmithing, rope making, explanation of trade goods, and cooking.

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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

This is a pretty interesting place. The original location of the fort was not here but several miles away in a little area now the town of Dupont. The Hudson Bay Company built the fort to protect its employees and their families from raids. The State of Washington moved the fort parts to beautiful Pt. Defiance Park and reconstructed it... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

This is a must. (Especially if you are into Northwestern History ! ) Beautiful place in the middle of the park, this is worth seeing. I liked this place. Plenty of history here, with folks along the way to answer your questions ! If they don't know the answer, they will find out for you !!!! Very pleasant. Step back... More 

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Taylorsville, Utah
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

I would came here just for this fort but the rest of the park is so worthwhile you should see this fort while you are here

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Reviewed 22 July 2015

We had been there years ago and weren't overly impressed, but it has gained new buildings and features, lovingly tended authentic gardens, well-done exhibits and changing features, and fun things for children to do. Well-maintained, with helfpul volunteer docents. Located in Pt. Defiance Park, a large, forested park with stunning views of Vashon, Gig Harbor, etc.

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