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Fort Nisqually General Admission

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Visit the Puget Sound's first globally connected settlement today!

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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is excited to welcome our community back. We have missed you! For the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we have made significant changes to our Fort experiences.

• Limiting the number of guests onsite at any time (online ticketing for all guests)

• Ensuring social distancing and minimizing person-to-person contact (credit cards only)

• Face covering required (over 5 years old)

• Adopting stricter cleaning and sanitizing protocols (focus on high-touch surfaces, sanitizing stations)

• Following all public health guidelines (staff training)

• Reduced capacity to indoor spaces and high-touch, interactive experiences

Please help us by doing your part to keep everyone safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support of this public institution and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Fort Nisqually, the first globally connected settlement on the Puget Sound, was established in 1833 by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a fur trading outpost. The decline of the fur trade meant that Fort Nisqually’s focus shifted to commercial agricultural enterprises with the establishment of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company (PSAC) in 1839. Based at Fort Nisqually, the PSAC raised cattle, sheep, and horses along with crops such as wheat, barley, oats, and peas across the 160,000 acres claimed by the company. By 1855, the date the museum portrays, this British establishment was surrounded by American territory and faced increasing pressure from settlers who wanted the farmable land for their own use. The Hudson’s Bay Company sold its holdings to the United States government, withdrawing from Washington Territory in 1869, and Fort Nisqually became the homestead of the last manager, Edward Huggins.

Fort Nisqually was originally located in what is now DuPont, WA. The Fort you see today was reconstructed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Civic-minded citizens preserved and donated two of the original structures, the Factor’s House and Granary, to the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma. The museum gives residents and visitors a chance to experience what life was like on Puget Sound in 1855.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s Mission: Engage a diverse regional audience with Puget Sound’s first globally connected settlement through historic preservation, experiential learning, and interpretation.

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