Historic Fort Steilacoom

9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW,Campus of Western State Hospital, Lakewood, WA 98498 - United States




Free Everyday

Fort Steilacoom was opened in 1849 to establish an American military presence in the Puget Sound region and to protect settlers. Four of the original quarters remain today as a living history museum.
Fort Steilacoom occupies an important position in the history of early America and the Pacific Northwest.


Visit the museum’s interpretive center exhibits to get a sense of the scale of the original fort and how the fort helped develop the region into what we know it as today.

Visitors can see a diorama of the fort as it appeared in 1858 along with exhibits of Army equipment and a short video of the fort’s history. Guided tours of the historic houses will feature living historians.

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