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Special Exhibits

Temporary exhibits in the Great Room showcase objects from the Fort's permanent collection. They provide insights into the daily lives of the Fort's historical residents and into the workings of the Hudson's Bay Company, of which the Fort was part. All exhibits include hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.



From the Islands to the Inland Sea: Hawaiians at Fort Nisqually

Open  May 13 - September 17, 2017

This family-friendly exhibit explores how Hawaiian laborers brought to the Pacific Northwest by the Hudson’s Bay Company left a lasting legacy in communities throughout the region. Try your hand at some of the tasks the workers did around Fort Nisqually, such as pressing wool into bundles, and learn about the maritime networks that reached across the Pacific Ocean.





“Inspired by Fort Nisqually” exhibition closes

The Fort’s first juried art show “Inspired by Fort Nisqually” closed January 7, and the votes are in! Nan Leiter’s painting “Just Trying to Survive” won the most votes from visitors, taking the “People’s Choice” prize. Thanks to everyone who participated, and a special thank you to the artists for sharing their talents with us.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Best in Show – Gary Gillespie for “Salish Matron Mask”


Honorable Mentions – Richard Repp for “The Right Whales”


and Leah Amyakar for 1850 Medicine Cabinet”


People’s Choice – Nan Leiter for “Just Trying to Survive”


Purchase Prize – Victoria Anderson for “Blacksmith and Gardner”