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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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interesting history museum located in lovely park

This is perfect for any history lover. Displays are good, hands-on activities are given at various... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Snohomish, Washington
"Trapped! Escape Fort Nisqually" is a new escape room event in Tacoma. Do it.

My husband and I had a Blast! Our group of eight was mostly strangers, and I think we all worked... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Tacoma, 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 11 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 27 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 5 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
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Churn butter, learn to make bread in old Bertha, hear about the interesting history of the area. Get a feel for what it was like to live and work in a fort. Take time to watch the blacksmith. Talented and informative.

1  Thank Lavinna P
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Attended the annual candle light tour (must buy your tickets in advance) this evening. Such a moving experience! The darkness, candle light and campfires really transported you back to 1859! The reenactors did a fantastic job of protraying life as is was at this time...More

Thank Oldrecruiter
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Nisquallly's Fort was very educational. They turn the hands of time back you the yesteryears. How clothing, shoes, hats etc was made. How farming, and raising their food. Making their tools, and trading their craftsmanship is awesome.

1  Thank daleetha
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The park IS quite attractive in a beautiful wooden area and views over The Sound. The fort itself IS interesting but has been rebuilt. Good explanations from local guides.

1  Thank Francois L
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The fort itself is incredibly impressive with how well they've capture the historical essence. The "general store" was so detailed. We felt like we were purchase supplies for our wagon. What really makes the fort though is the passionate volunteers. They knew a lot of...More

1  Thank Falpalnkenny
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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.