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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July 15-28

Boeing Flight Path

To celebrate the centennial of The Boeing Company, MOHAI invites visitors to journey through an exploration of Boeing’s impact on Seattle over 100 years, from flying boats on Lake Union to the launch of the Dreamliner.

MOHAI visitors can travel through True Northwest and the Bezos Center for Innovation galleries and rediscover Seattle’s history through the lens of Boeing’s first century.

Special highlights showcasing the Boeing story include:

  • Vintage models of Boeing aircraft and rare images filling the Boeing Tower;
  • One-of-a-kind artifacts that reflect Boeing in unexpected ways, including a Pocock Racing Shell and a stewardess uniform from the Boeing-owned United Airlines;
  • An interactive oral history experience bringing the Boeing story to life through the words of those who lived it;
  • The legendary B-1, Boeing’s very first commercial aircraft built in 1919, soaring through the Grand Atrium;
  • Boeing patents and prototypes in the museum’s Bezos Center for Innovation;
  • And opportunities to leave behind personal Boeing memories!

Check back for special programs throughout the centennial year.

 

November 19 - September 12

Edible City: A Delicious Journey

Experience Seattle’s culinary history from raw ingredients to polished plates. Edible City: A Delicious Journey serves up the story of how Seattleites eat in their city and how urban palates have developed over the years. Discover the secret history of Seattle’s favorite foods and devour the stories that helped the city grow into one of America’s best places to eat. Curated by James Beard Award winner Rebekah Denn, Edible City will be a main course on the city’s cultural buffet. The following is the menu for this delicious journey.

Raw Ingredients

For the first course, take a look at the raw ingredients—what is a “Seattle” food, and why? Visually dine on both imported and native foods that are the building blocks of Seattle’s cuisine.

Processing and Prepping

Dive into the second course of the industries that shaped a savory Seattle, from canneries to coffee roasters.

To Market, To Market

Sample the places where Seattleites go to the market for the third course. Learn about the outlets that help define the city, from co-ops to farmers markets to ethnic markets, big and small.

Bringing It Home

Enjoy the fourth course and look at the region’s home cooking through a real, preserved Seattle kitchen. Learn about the history of food justice in the area through P-Patches, community gardens, and other efforts to bring homegrown food to diverse communities.

Cooking Tech-niques

See how Seattle high-tech jobs have made its residents look at cooking in a whole new way in the fifth course. Sniff out some of the area’s groundbreaking food-tech endeavors.

Serving It Up

For final course, survey the rich banquet of restaurants that have been around almost as long as there have been city dwellers here to support them. Meet the farm-to-table chefs who have made Seattle a national dining destination, and savor the way they developed a modern Northwest cuisine.

April 1-30

Edible City: A Delicious Journey

MOHAI CELEBRATES THE CULTURE OF FOOD WITH EDIBLE CITY MONTH IN APRIL; Experience a month of culinary exploration in this city-wide salute to Seattle’s innovative urban palate.

Edible City Month – April 1-30, 2017

Seattle, WA – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joined the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and the region’s top restaurants, chefs and organizations including Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Duke’s Chowder House, Pagliacci Pizza, Kathy Casey Food Studios and more proclaiming April as Edible City Month. Inspired by the museum’s Edible City: A Delicious Journey exhibit, Edible City Month salutes Seattle’s innovative urban palate.

Unique culinary events and programs will take place across the city April 1-30, including book signings, a live broadcast of KIRO radio’s Seattle Kitchen with Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, a food science fair, and more. In addition, diners are invited to collect receipts from participating restaurants and establishments to unlock special museum pricing to see Edible City: A Delicious Journey.

Shaped by the Pacific Northwest’s passion for food and culture, Seattle has become one of the country’s top places to eat and innovate. Edible City Month is a city-wide celebration highlighting Seattle’s passion for food.

Throughout the month of April, dine and explore the greater Seattle area (just a reminder that children 14 and under are admitted free):

Visit any one of the participating restaurant partners (list available soon) and save the receipt for $2 off admission to MOHAI’s Edible City exhibit.

Visit any six participating restaurant partners for one complimentary adult admission to MOHAI’s Edible City exhibit.

MOHAI members may receive special pricing at participating restaurants.

Valid receipts must be from a partner listed on the MOHAI interactive map available soon at mohai.org.

Organized by MOHAI, Edible City serves up the story of how Seattleites eat in their city and how urban palates have developed over the years.

Curated by two-time James Beard Award winning food writer Rebekah Denn, Edible City uncovers the secret history of Seattle’s favorite foods. Learn the origins of the Rainier cherry, view the recipe that inspired the  phenomenal Cinnabon, see treasures from the long history of Pike Place Market, get acquainted with the man behind the city’s first sushi bar, and debate Seattle’s signature dishes. Displays include items close to the city’s heart and histories, from Seattle’s first espresso cart to the tools of the former Sagamiya bakery.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS RELATED TO EDIBLE CITY MONTH:

(Details are subject to change, and additional programs and events may be added. Please check the website for updated information).

Edible City Book Community Tour

Free

Join James Beard award-winning author and curator Rebekah Denn in a lively conversation with MOHAI’s executive director, Leonard Garfield, as they share “behind-the-scenes” insight about the curation of MOHAI’s Edible City exhibit. In addition, Denn will sign copies of the exhibit’s companion book, Edible City. Written by Denn, Edible City unveils the complex and progressive narrative of how Seattle’s vibrant food scene went from its first restaurant to what it is today.

Upcoming Book Signings:

April 11: University Book Store, U District; 7–8 pm

April 25: 6:30–8 pm, with special guest and baking demonstration by Chef Leslie Mackie,

Macrina Bakery & Cafe

April 26: Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park; 7–8 pm

Edible City Science Fair

Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 4 pm

Free for members; included with museum admission

Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming, and sustainability. Enjoy hands-on displays, demonstrations, as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington State. Discover some of the latest innovations in food science! The science fair is open to visitors (and exhibitors!) of all ages.

Seattle Kitchen Live at MOHAI

Thursday, April 13, 7 pm

MOHAI

Cost: $15 MOHAI members / $20 public

Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, two esteemed Seattle chefs, bring their long-running Seattle Kitchen radio show to MOHAI. See their conversation in action, as they discuss, argue, and laugh about a broad range of topics connected to the city’s food scene. Please visit mohai.org for updated pricing information.

Edible City: A Delicious Journey exhibit is presented by The Boeing Company with generous support provided by Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, PCC Natural Markets, The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Tulalip Tribes, 4Culture, Mike Repass, Marylyn and Edward Gregory, Laird Norton Wealth Management, Mary Ann and John Mangels, Uwajimaya Inc., and Allrecipes.com. Media support provided by The Seattle Times, KUOW and KCTS 9. Promotional support provided by Visit Seattle.

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