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Upcoming Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Events

August 10 - August 11

Brigade Encampment

Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11 (11:00am - 5:00pm)

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.

The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to the Fort in 1855. Guests will witness the arrival of the brigade (the convoy that delivered a year’s worth of furs) and spirited contests between trappers and traders – from obstacle course races to cooking contests.

At 11:30 a.m. each day, the fur trade brigade arrives, led by bagpipers and welcomed by a volley of musket fire. The day unfolds with competitions, Punch and Judy puppet shows, fashion shows and musical performances. Visitors can participate in "Engagé for the Day," and meet living historians who demonstrate and teach heritage skills such as fire starting and spinning wool. For each new skill tried, kids collect beads and receive souvenir contracts from the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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All activities are free with paid admission:

Adult (18-64)             $15
Military/Senior (65+)  $15
Youth (4-17)              $10
Ages 3 & under         Free

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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
(Inside Point Defiance Park)
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 404-3970