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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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Another Fun Visit to Fort Nisqually

We enjoyed our return trip to Fort Nisqually which is in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. The fort... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fremont, California
Plenty to keep children busy

My nephews, age 6 and 8, enjoyed their time at the museum. There were areas for children to play... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cheryl A
Lacey, Washington
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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 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank mini
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An old Fort replica for the Hudson Bay Trading Company that also had people answering questions from that time period. A person can readily see and experience life back in 1855. Well worth the money spent, and it had a small store that sold various...More

Thank ApacheMesa
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Although this fort is 17 miles from its original location, two of the original buildings were moved to their present spot in the Point Defiance park. Every building there has been re-created to portray life as it was during the early 1800s, and a live...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 12 April 2017

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
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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...More

Thank robertat131
Reviewed 26 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank JSmith253
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...More

1  Thank ClineFam
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...More

1  Thank lizSiouxFalls_SD
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...More

1  Thank Christie C
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Rachelle O
How long does a visit take?
20 June 2017|
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Response from ClineFam | Reviewed this property |
Depends on what your family is into. 2 hours is a safe bet.
Donna E
is there paid admission?
11 February 2016|
Response from Orcasid | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But reasonable and I considered it a donation to a great program.