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“If you are in the Tacoma/Seattle area this is a must see!!”

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Ranked #11 of 77 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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)
Brush Prairie, Washington
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“If you are in the Tacoma/Seattle area this is a must see!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

By far one of the most educational, fun, entertaining, and inclusive forts I've ever been to. We were immediately greeted by wonderful hosts of the fort. It's extremely well maintained and there are TONS of activities that makes this fort a fun and hands-on place to visit. We paid $22 for two adults and four children, we paid the "family fee" which includes two adults and six children. Also a fun and exciting event that we were unable to attend since we were leaving town but it's called "Friday at the Fort" where it's a laid back fun time with local breweries and live music. All the proceeds go to educational opportunities at the fort. They also run a day-camp during the summer. Like I said if you have time please go and check this awesome fort out! Enjoy your visit!!!!!

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Jackson, Mississippi
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72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very interesting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Fort Nisqually is located inside beautiful Point Defiance Park. The views of the forests & Puget Sound along the Five Mile Drive are breathtaking. The Fort was an old fur traders' post. It has been re-created from old journals descriptions and takes you back in time.

Visited July 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Fun if you enjoy history...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

I convinced my reluctant family to join me for a bit of local history immersion. The volunteers are awesome and love that they stay in character. We arrived right at opening, and were the only visitors there for the first hour, which meant that we had several of our personal tour guides (good for me, bad for the children; as the guide was very long winded and did not understand that children can not stand for 7 minutes while he explains building construction, etc). After sending the children with grandma to the awesome children's play area (they have many toys and activities that children in the 1800s played with), everyone began to finally enjoy themselves. Great site for authentic history, that you can feel a part of and interact with.

Visited June 2014
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Tacoma, Washington
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Intersting piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Living fort with inhabitants who are living life as it was in the 1800's. You can interact with them but they are not from our time. It was a fun and interesting visit. Lot's of history and you can watch a old lifestyle in action.

Visited June 2013
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Buckley, Washington
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96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“History lessons”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

This Fort is in the Point Defiance Park. A beautiful drive through the park will take you to the Fort. There is an entrance fee of five dollars per person. They have replicated the Fort and there are people walking around that will tell you all about the history. The "big house" was my favorite. They actually used documents that showed which kind of wall paper, carpets and curtains were purchased back when the house was build. When the house was restored, they obtained replicas of all those materials to make this home as authentic as it was in the 1800's. Great place for some local history.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank maria k
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