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Special Exhibits

Archaeology at Fort Nisqually
July 26 - November 23, 2014

Pieces of ceramic, metal, and glass tell a story about the everyday life and labors of the men and women of Historic Fort Nisqually. This exhibit features fragments of plates and tea cups, bottles, toys and game pieces, buttons, earrings and brooches, and other material found from both the 1833 and 1843 Fort Nisqually sites. 

These fragments provide a glimpse into the habits and life styles of the people that made up the first European settlement on Puget Sound. Some of the fragments have been reconstructed into nearly whole artifacts. Reproductions and period pieces help illustrate what other fragments looked like when whole.



Favorite Things
November 29, 2014 – March 15, 2015

The beautiful, the unusual, and the ordinary come together in this exhibit of a variety of objects from the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s collection. Each has a story to tell — how it was made, who owned it, how it got here, or how it has inspired interpreters at Fort Nisqually. These “object stories” provide a glimpse into the past and present at Fort Nisqually. 

All the objects in the exhibit can be accessed through the Fort’s newly available on-line catalog. The catalog includes more than 100 objects in the Forts collection.


Across the Pond: The Voyage of a Beaver Pelt     
March 21 – July 19, 2015  

Beaver pelts were at the center of the fur trade, and the reason Fort Nisqually was established. Where did the pelts come from? How did they get here? Where did they go? Join the journey in this family-friendly exhibit. Meet the people and explore the modes of transportation involved in getting these valuable furs to market.