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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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Good representation of life in the fort

This is a very nice history tour with volunteers around sometimes in character and costume to tell... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
Gig Harbor, Washington
Fort Nisqually

We brought family from the East coast here and just loved the park like setting. The historical... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Karen S
Seattle, Washington, United States
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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 21 September 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 13 August 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 15 July 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 3 July 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 2 July 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
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Many years ago the old fort was moved to Point Defiance for park visitors to see. It is on the Five-Mile drive.

Thank Albert_Tacoma
Reviewed 27 May 2016

The weekend we were there, they had re-creation of old times with re-enactments of life and costumed participants…they were celebrating Queen Victorias Birthday!! (Go figure).

Thank 161bartonl
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Fun accurate historical landmark. The volunteers who staff the buildings are incredibly knowledgeable and very excited to share what they know.

Thank maxedebj
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Fascinating history and the friendliest employees/volunteers. Everything was well maintained and the people were incredibly knowledgeable. Very informative and hands on visit.

Thank moose938
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!

Thank Hudsonsbayman
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Rachelle O
21 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
Donna E
12 February 2016|
Response from Orcasid | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But reasonable and I considered it a donation to a great program.