The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is a history museum in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the largest private heritage organization in Washington state, maintaining a collection of nearly four million artifacts, photographs, and archival materials primarily focusing on Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region. A portion of this collection (roughly 2% at any given time) is on display in the museum's galleries at the historic Naval Reserve Armory in Lake Union Park.
The museum's keynote exhibits include: Boeing's first commercial plane, the 1919 Boeing B-1; the Petticoat Flag, a U.S. flag sewn by women during the 1856 Battle of Seattle; and the Rainier Brewing Company's 12-foot tall neon "R" sign. In addition to both permanent and temporary exhibits, MOHAI administers ongoing youth and adult programming, and regularly hosts public events in partnership with other community organizations, particularly within the South Lake Union neighborhood. MOHAI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian affiliate museum.
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Griffen Wolfe | Dec 30, 2017
Great place to truly appreciate Seattle's history and it's thriving role in the innovation of the 21st century. Really need quite a bit of time to really get through the entire museum. Had a cool exhibit of all the innovative ideas that came out of Seattle, as well as Seattle's history involved with the First Nations and new settlers. Cool location right on the banks of Lake Union with lots of sea planes taking off and landing, as well as cool views of the skyline to the South. Highly recommend
Tifa Almeida | Dec 28, 2017
Really well planned and well executed exhibits. The displays were instructive and interactive. Would totally recommend if you have friends in town or if you haven’t been yet! There are historical ships in the shipyard out front that you can go in and visit as well. Look out for parking though, it’s often completely full so look for parking to the west in front of the argosy cruises.
Randy Lau | Feb 20, 2018
Great place to see Seattle and greater Seattle history, love the exhibits showing off the history of the area. The temporary exhibits are a bit underwhelming, it's currently on pets which really doesn't make sense and the exhibit looks like it was hastily thrown together. You really only need to visit this place once which is great, but with diminishing value each time you come back.
AwesomeIndustry | Feb 21, 2018
This museum has something for everyone. Traveling through the history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The museum is a little large, but they mix it up with things like the Seattle fire musical/movie.
Jennifer Rush | Jan 20, 2018
This is a fantastic place for children and families. All of the exhibits are interactive with sound, lights, and moving parts. It covers the history of the city from early European settlement right up to modern day. Time commitment is 2- 3 hours.
Charlie Jensen | May 7, 2018
Wow! Great place, the exhibits and layout are outstanding. Went there with my daughter and her 4th grade class and everyone had a great time. The staff is very friendly and at your disposal. A great example of making learning fun.
Mikayla Joy Walker | Apr 21, 2018
One of my favorite museums in the city. Interesting, educational, and overall, worth the $10 parking. If you go, make sure to sit through the 10 minute presentation on the Great Seattle Fire. (shows are every 15 minutes) Also, the first Thursday of every month is free admission!
Laura McLeod | May 30, 2018
This is an extraordinary museum. Here you can learn about the people, places, and industry that fueled the northwest region to become the tech, shipping, aerospace and coffee giant it is today. But it's so much more. The quirks that make the northwest different than anywhere else are on display, as is some of our more sordid past. The exhibits tell a great story that has something for everyone. After your visit, stay for coffee or lunch and digest your experience.
Michael Natkin | Jun 3, 2018
This is really a wonderful museum for both kids and adults. There are many interactive exhibits and activities in the lobby to keep the younger ones busy. And there is an incredible amount of Seattle history which is fascinating both to those who grow up here and hopefully to all the young techies that may wonder where on earth they have landed. The space itself is beautiful and it is right on the Lake Union waterfront.
Ariel Jensen | Jun 8, 2018
I was able to attend the MOHAI on the first Thursday and get free admission. It is very close to the Center for Wooden Boats, another free little venue. The museum is in a good location with a beautiful view from the outside. The inside was impressive right away and the employees were friendly, even holding the door open for me as I entered and left the building. Each little exhibit has so much to see and read. I didn’t realize that the museum is dedicated to history and industry that have taken place in Seattle, which was a good surprise. Exhibits were interactive, interesting, and had something for everyone. What was fun is that I explored other free centers in Seattle (Klondike Museum, Gates Discovery) before attending the museum, and I feel like I was able to better appreciate those exhibits in the MOHAI.
Bernie Ongewe | May 28, 2018
I almost didn't try the door thinking it was closed on Memorial Day. Glad I did. It turned out to be a pleasant way to punctuate a morning of cycling around South Lake Union. I enjoyed a fun conversation with Dan at the maritime exhibit upstairs. Entertaining guy with some good perspectives on the museum's history
Matt Morio | May 9, 2018
Good view into the history of Seattle. Takes a little over an hour to see and read everything. The exhibits circle around the building with large open space in the middle. Upstairs has a nice view of lake union but not that much else. If you're kids cannot read yet it probably isn't worth visiting as a lot of the museum is historic with stories and old articles from the early days of the city.
Terumi Pong | Jun 20, 2018
What a great place to learn about Seattle’s past in a place that feels artsy and historic at the same time. The video about the Seattle fire is well done and there are many hands on activities for kids throughout the museum. We usually buy a family plus membership here that is reciprocal with other museums and it ends up being a worthwhile investment. My kids have been to some of the camps and classes here and have enjoyed them too.
Amy Haines | Aug 4, 2018
We really enjoyed spending time here and particularly liked one of the staff coming and sharing some of their knowledge when we arrived and didn't know what to do first. We happened to go on the first Thursday of the month and it was free. Nice gift shop too.
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