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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

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Address: Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: +1 253-591-5339
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11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 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.

SPECIAL CLOSURES:

Sunday, Oct. 9

Thurs., Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)

Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas)

Sun., Jan. 1 (New Years day)

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almost like disneyland

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 August 2015
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Lakewood, Washington
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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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Montreal, Québec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Great day at fort Nisqually,pagoda gardens,rose and dahlia gardens,owen beach and great walking in forest. Great animators you feel you are transported in 1852 ;)

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Moscow, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

Attention to detail and the enthusiasm of the 'Living History' folks made Fort Nisqually Living History Museum a pleasure to visit. I'm sure their event days are remarkable but viewing it on a quiet day was fabulous too.(You choose)! All of the Pt. Defiance Park is lovely so plan to make a day of the gardens & beach as well.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

A good reproduction of the fort according to historic descriptions. It looks like your are actually in 1806 from all the costumes of those working there.

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Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

There are buildings with various docents. We saw a man making metal puzzles in the blacksmith or farrier area. The docents were very well versed about the history of Ft Nisqually. We really enjoyed our time there. No refreshments available.

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