Museum of History and Industry

Exploring the past, understanding the present, and inspiring a better future.

MOHAI collects and preserves the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and beyond. Highlighting innovation and education, MOHAI enriches lives by sharing the individual and collective stories of our communities.

MOHAI believes that the preservation and exploration of Seattle’s past is essential to making effective decisions for its future. From humble beginnings in 1911, MOHAI has grown into the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington with a collection of over 4 million objects, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past. MOHAI uses these artifacts along with cutting edge, hands-on interactive experiences to make history come alive through the unforgettable stories of the men and women who built Seattle from wilderness to world city. In addition to museum exhibits, MOHAI hosts a variety of award-winning youth and adult public programs and consistently collaborates with community partners on local events and activities. Ultimately MOHAI hopes to connect individuals with our region’s rich history and inspire them to continue to make our home a strong, vibrant, and sustainable place to live.

Upcoming Events

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June 19, 6:30 pm

History Café: Poetry & Music from the Queer Native Diaspora

Contemporary discussions about queer history often “unsee” Native people, even when talking about race.

Indigenous artists fabian romero (Purépecha) and raktahcú reewaki (Pawnee and Athabascan) use poetry and music to see Native queer people in the city of Seattle, still the land of Coast Salish peoples.

Learn how their collaboration and work expands what Seattle queer history means by weaving together the topics of diaspora, borders, race, and ongoing settler colonialism.

For disability accommodations, please contact programs@mohai.orgtwo weeks prior to the event.

Location: MOHAI Café

Cost: Free

June 22, 11:00 am

Behind the Seams: Fashioning the Ideal Body

In every era, fashionable clothing is designed with an ideal body in mind.

Join Seattle Style: Fashion/Function curator Clara Berg for a look at how these ever-shifting ideals were built into garments to shape the body and fool the eye.

These intimate one-hour sessions allow viewers to discover garments in detail and hear the stories that make them special.

For disability accommodations, please contact programs@mohai.orgtwo weeks prior to the event.

Location: MOHAI

Cost: $10 for MOHAI members / $15 students / $25 general public; includes museum admission

Saturday, June 22, 2019
11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm

June 26, 7:00 pm

Cocktails and Clothing: Designing Sustainable Fashion

For one night, MOHAI hosts local designers leading the new wave of sustainable fashion in this interactive evening of cocktails and creativity.

Witness the unique design process of Janelle Abbott and try your hand at fun and funky upcycling with Malia Peoples.

Discover a range of sustainable garments at pop-up shops by Zakiya Cita of The Chayah Movement and Prairie Underground, and remember the evening with a live sketch created by fashion illustrator Galina Adzhigirey.

Free cocktail included with ticket.

This event is for guests 21 years and older.

For disability accommodations, please contact programs@mohai.orgtwo weeks prior to the event.

Location: MOHAI

Cost: $30 for MOHAI members / $50 general public / (21+ over) One cocktail included in ticket price

August 13, 7:00 pm

Eighth Generation: Defining the Native American Dream

Learn how local artist Louie Gong (Nooksack) parlayed interest in his hand-drawn shoes to create Eighth Generation, the fastest growing Native-owned business in the country.

Today, Eighth Generation is disrupting legacy industries built on appropriated cultural art while creating opportunities for indigenous artists.

Shop Eighth Generation products at a special pop-up display during this evening program.

To request disability accommodations, please contact programs@mohai.org two weeks prior to the event.

Location: MOHAI

Cost: $5 for MOHAI members / $10 general public

October 9-13

Borealis Festival of Lights 2019: Untethered

A kaleidoscope of light, color, and illusion transforms the exterior of MOHAI, showcasing an international video projection mapping competition in four nightly performances. A self-guided walking tour throughout the South Lake Union neighborhood of  light art installations from regional and international artists and artist teams rounds out the festival.

BOREALIS brings together artists and the technological world for this annual event in Seattle.

More information can be found here.

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