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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August 21, 6:30 pm

Preserving the Showbox and Seattle’s Music Scene

With over 80 years of hosting top talent, the Showbox has claimed its place as a musical and cultural institution in Seattle. Performers ranging from Duke Ellington to the Ramones to Pearl Jam have graced the venue’s stage.

Come hear about this rich musical history and the efforts of local advocacy groups, historical organizations, and individuals to preserve this endangered entertainment venue.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free

August 31, 12:00 pm

Maker Day: Weaving

Explore different types of weaving with the Seattle Weaver’s Guild!

Use different fibers and techniques to create a small weaving to take home with you.

MOHAI Maker Days explore what it takes to be an innovator. Join us on the last Saturday of each month for a drop-in event that features Seattle’s most innovative makers. From art to crafts to technology–come explore the endless possibilities of maker culture.

September 5, 10:00 am

Free First Thursday: Celebrating the YWCA Women Who Dared

Join us to celebrate Washington women of the past and present!

Our history and identity as a state have been shaped by powerful women who dared to speak up, dream big, and help make our communities more just and equitable for all. On this Free First Thursday, commemorate the 125th anniversary of YWCA and learn about Washington women from all walks of life in a display of photos and footage that highlight their stories and historic achievements.

Add your own personal tribute to the inspiring women in your life to our community art installation. Before you leave, make sure to swing by our YWCA-themed photo booth and grab a moment to share with your friends and family and keep the celebration going!

Free First Thursday: On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI’s permanent exhibits is free all day long! Free admission includes: True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

Seattle Style: Fashion/Function special exhibit price during Free First Thursday: $15 adults, $13 students/military/seniors, and free for youth 14 and under when accompanied by a chaperone.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free

September 6-7

Cider Summit 2019

The 10th annual Cider Summit SEA, the region’s largest hard cider tasting festival returns to Seattle to celebrate the fastest growing segment of the craft beverage market. Cider Summit Seattle will take place Friday, September 6th from 3pm to 8pm (VIP session starts at 2pm-3pm) and Saturday, September 7th from noon to 5pm at Lake Union Park @ MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N. adjacent to The Museum of History & Industry.

Presented by Capitol Cider, this year’s Cider Summit SEA will offer tasting flights from each producer, allowing guests to enjoy more variety in smaller sample sizes, in addition to their regular 2oz pours. Guests will also receive commemorative 2oz festival glassware, as well as double the number of tasting tickets from previous years. This year’s event will feature over 150 ciders, meads, and cider cocktails including regional favorites and international classics, from the industry’s leading cidermakers, many of which will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the tastings.

Several cidermakers will also be competing in the Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge, creating pilot batch fruit ciders using Oregon Fruit Products puree. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite via text, with the winners announced at the conclusion of the event.

“Cider Summit annually exposes thousands of cider lovers and the cider curious to some of the industry’s most unique products,” explained event co-founder, Alan Shapiro. “We’re thrilled to celebrate our 10th anniversary by continuing that mission and also add a few surprises to thank our guests for helping us reach 10 years.”

Tickets are on sale now at https://www.cidersummitnw.com/tickets. General admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 16 tasting tickets and costs $30 (plus taxes & service charges) prior to July 31, $35 from Aug.1 – Sept.5, or $45 at the gate (including all taxes & service charges). GA tickets will also be available starting Aug. 1 at Capitol Cider. Additional tasting tickets are available onsite for $2 each. Guests will be allowed to re-enter the event both days with wristband on and with this year’s event glass.

VIP tickets are available exclusively online, with limited quantities, which include a souvenir tasting glass, early entry from 2pm-3pm on Sept. 6, and 20 tasting tickets. VIP tickets cost $40 (plus taxes & service charges) prior to July 31 or $45 from to Aug. 1, or while supplies last. VIP tickets are not available at the gate.

Designated Driver tickets are available at the gate for $5 and include a bottle of water. No alcohol may be consumed with a Designated Driver ticket. All tickets allow re-entry on Friday and Saturday with event wristband worn and the tasting glass.

This year’s festival will feature uniquely paired bites that will be available for purchase from local producers. There will also be a “Dog Lounge” hosted by Seattle Humane, giving dogs and their owners a place to socialize and refresh.

Cider Summit SEA is presented by Capitol Cider. Supporting sponsors include Amazon, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Oregon Fruit Products, Seattle Cider Company, and Northwest Beverages. Media partners include CIDERCRAFT Magazine, The Stranger and KEXP. The event is a benefit for the Northwest Cider Association, Seattle Humane, and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

Please note: well-behaved dogs of any age are welcome, but humans must be 21 & over – no exceptions. For more information, visit CiderSummit.com, Facebook.com/CiderSummit or follow @CiderSummit on Twitter and Instagram, hashtag #CiderSummitSEA.

September 10, 7:00 pm

MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Secrets of Seattle Style

Hear about the process of creating MOHAI’s landmark exhibit, Seattle Style: Fashion/Function, and dive deeper into the exciting stories and themes the exhibit reveals.

Learn from exhibit curator, Clara Berg, about her favorite discoveries during the planning process and explore compelling historical tidbits from key stories featured in the exhibit.

Member Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 10, 6—8:30 pm
Free for MOHAI members with RSVP. Not a member? Join today!
MOHAI members planning to attend MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Secrets of Seattle Style are invited to a member-only pre-lecture Happy Hour with refreshments and light hors d’ouevres.

Please purchase your ticket and RSVP for the Member Happy Hour together using the link below.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: $10 for MOHAI members / $20 general public

September 15, 1:00 pm

Sunday Hat Parade with the Black Heritage Society of WA

Celebrate the tradition of hats in Seattle’s black community with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS) and MOHAI.

Stroll through the museum in your finest hat, take your picture at a photo booth, and enjoy a special one-day-only display of historic hats from the BHS collection. Hear from two local black milliners featured in the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit, Henrietta Price and Sonia Wooten-Gill.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI and BHS members

September 18, 6:30 pm

History Café: Black Women’s Legacy in Washington’s Workforce

Throughout our nation’s history, Black women have faced significant disparities in wages and employment outcomes despite consistently having the highest levels of participation among all women in the workforce.

Join YWCA for a panel discussion about the experiences of underrepresented women of color in today’s workplace—and how Washington can take the lead in creating a new, truly inclusive vision.

We’ll feature the stories of inspiring Black women who contributed to a stronger regional economy at a time when African American populations were denied the opportunity to participate freely and fully in the workforce.

Arrive early or stay after the panel to take part in a collaborative art installation!

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free

September 21, 1:00 pm

Living Voices: Journey From the Dust

Share the story of America’s families confronted by the stock market crash of 1929 and the Dust Bowl.

Struggling to keep his family together, one young man experiences the loss of his home, the separation of his family, and economic prejudice. Travel hundreds of miles from Oklahoma to the Grand Coulee Dam and discover an American tragedy and the courage to survive.

Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. This performance will take place in the Joshua Green Foundation Theater on MOHAI’s second floor.

Suitable for guests 11 years to adult.

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

Location: Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI members

September 25, 6:30 pm

BIG MOOD: A Night of Fat Fashion

Open your world to the vast diversity of shapes, sizes, and styles that exist and thrive around you!

This night of immersive experiences, curated by Adria Garcia and Kim Selling of Indian Summer and More Fats More Femmes, features a fashion show, pop-up market, and conversations punctuated with live performances.

For disability accommodations, please contact programs@mohai.orgtwo 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.

November 2 - January 26

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

Created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation at MOHAI Nov. 2, 2019- Jan. 26, 2020, explores the rich heritage and diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants in the United States.

The exhibit’s presentation at MOHAI will also include insights into the Northwest’s Indian American community, highlighting key moments in our region’s history and compelling stories of Northwest Indian American pioneers.

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