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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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Family fun that offers a glimpse of history

I brought my nieces and nephews. They loved running though the campus, climbing the old staircases... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
David B
Tacoma, Washington
Informative Fun

We like history so this was a fun activity in the park. The people dressed in period costumes were... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
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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 5 days ago

I brought my nieces and nephews. They loved running though the campus, climbing the old staircases, dressing in period clothing and talking with the staff. It's an active, safe, and educational place to bring your kids (or your grandparents) out for a tour. With the...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 22 September 2017

We like history so this was a fun activity in the park. The people dressed in period costumes were very informative and interesting. It really helped bring the place to life and added to the visit. I enjoyed it more than expected.

Thank WMC08
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We were taken by a US friend who thought we would enjoy living history about the Hudson Bay Company and its connection with Great Britain (where we are from). She was right. It was very interesting to learn more about the mid 19th century period...More

Thank Picardwebber
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Fort Nisqually, is well worth a visit. The historical guides bring the history of the alive. The buildings are original and the setting is beautiful. Families or solo/couples will enjoy it.

Thank Cherie E
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Fort Nisqually takes visiting a fort to a different level. As with most forts, it's fun to poke around and take a step back in time. Located in Point Defiance Park, which is a bit of a drive from the main entrance, the fort is...More

1  Thank Rainier72
Reviewed 10 June 2017

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 5 June 2017

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 30 May 2017

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
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Rachelle O
20 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.