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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Candlelight Tour “Suspends Reality” and Plunges Visitors Into 1855

Proposed by Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Experience a magical evening walking outdoors at Fort Nisqually, where candles and campfires light up the people and events of 1855. The candlelight tour takes place Friday and Saturday October 1 and 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Advance tickets are required and available in line.

Visitors will meet Hudson’s Bay Company employees and their families, American settlers and a diverse workforce, at work and at play. Historical performers interact with each other, discussing the events of their 19th century life, but will be unaware of their 21st century visitors.

What makes the Candlelight Tour so unique is that visitors go back in time and “indulge in history from the perspective of those who lived it,” according to a visitor in 2019, the last time the event took place. Walking tours last around an hour and start every 15 minutes. While the event takes place outdoors, visitors are transported to the event via a short bus ride from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

“The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is very important to us,” said museum supervisor Jim Lauderdale. The museum is joining with performance groups across the region to demand vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests from all staff and volunteers to ensure a safe and successful return of the arts to Puget Sound. All visitors and volunteers who do not perform will be required to wear masks throughout the event.

For questions about accessibility requirements or for more information, contact 253.404.3970.

Photo courtesy of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

About the museum

The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and the Puget Sound Agricultural Company headquarters. Visitors travel back in time and learn about life in Washington Territory in the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Attic and Letter Carrier’s House, both national historic monuments and a visitor center with a store. Museum.

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