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Fort to close for a week for maintenance, reopen to full slate of programming

January 6, 2017

Escape room, heritage workshops in works through March

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum will be closed to the public from Jan. 8 to 17 for routine annual maintenance and repairs.  The museum will reopen on Jan. 18 with regular hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff will be available during the temporary closure to answer phone and email inquiries at (253) 591-5339 and

After the Fort reopens, visitors will be greeted with an exciting calendar of programs and events. These include the new escape game Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually, Heritage Skills Workshops focusing on backyard poultry and beekeeping, and beginning in April monthly events focusing on aspects of life in Washington Territory in the 1850s. More information is available at


Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually    

1/26-28, 2/23-25 & 3/23-25    

Enter the fort by candlelight and embark on an epic adventure through time in Tacoma’s newest escape room experience. Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually is a high-energy suspense game torn from the pages of history that challenges you and your friends to explore a trapper's hidden secrets as you uncover clues, solve puzzles, unlock your way to freedom, and escape without being caught. Team members sift through documents and artifacts in one of the fort's historic buildings while racing against the clock to piece together the information they’ll need to unlock the door and re-emerge into the 21st century. Trapped can accommodate eight people per game and lasts approximately 1 hour.  Beer and wine will be available to purchase in the Museum Store.

Heritage Skills Workshop - Backyard Poultry      


Fort staff and volunteers have teamed up with the experts at GardenSphere to present a workshop on raising chickens at home. All the basics will be covered from what kind of bedding to use to what to feed chicks at different ages and why you should care about pecking order.

Heritage Skills Workshop - Beekeeping  


This workshop will cover the basics to successfully rear honeybees at home.  Topics include hive types and materials. Participants will construct and tend hives located in Point Defiance Park to gain practical knowledge. Local experts and students from Tacoma's Science and Math Institute will be present to answer questions and offer opportunities to expand your apiary community.

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