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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.


Next Exhibit Opening September 23rd, 2017undefined

Tolmie the Ethnographer runs from September 23rd, 2017 – January 6, 2018. This exhibit is the third in a series examining different aspects of Fort manager William Fraser Tolmie’s work and interests. This exhibit focuses on Tolmie’s personal collection of ethnographic objects, such as baskets, and his role in writing down the native languages he encountered in the Pacific Northwest. Artifacts on display will include Pacific Northwest Coast baskets, beadwork, and the 1884 book Comparative Vocabularies of the Indian Tribes of British Columbia co-authored by W. Fraser Tolmie and Canadian anthropologist George M. Dawson.



Past exhibit:


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.