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“A Perspective on the Past”

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Ranked #12 of 82 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)
Reviewed 5 August 2014

An old trading post for the Hudson Bay Trading Company-- there are several different restored buildings, including a working blacksmith shop and some gardens. There were several docents in period clothing ready to answer questions about the fort and its history. It was uncrowded and you're free to wander around anywhere you choose. From just outside the gates there is a view of the Sound. You can almost see the Tacoma Narrows.

1  Thank Soggiorno
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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!!!!!

1  Thank MarissaHeeter
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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.

1  Thank 81claire626
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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.

1  Thank beachlovingNWfam
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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.

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