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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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.

December 15, 1:00 pm

Sari Stories

What stories are woven into the fabric of a sari? Hear a selection of personal tales told by a group of Indian women about their saris, followed by a sari draping demonstration.

Wear your own sari and enter a drawing for a special prize!

Presented in collaboration with the India Association of Western Washington.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI members

December 21, 2:00 pm

Dancing Peacock Puppet Theater

The Dancing Peacock Puppet Company, a part of the Love to Share Foundation of America, uses traditional string puppetry to narrate stories from East Indian timeless classics.

During this 30-minute show, wooden string puppets dressed in bright colors perform amidst wonderful props and backgrounds, accentuated by traditional music in between scenes.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI members

January 11, 11:30 am

A Celebration of South Asian Resilience

Many South Asian communities share an ability to survive and thrive despite mental health struggles related to experiences of migration, discrimination, oppression, and isolation.

Celebrate these acts of resilience with an afternoon of dance, community-led conversations, film shorts and resources.

This program is produced in partnership with Asian Counseling and Referral ServiceIndia Association of Western Washington, Socially Conscious Artists Foundation, Tasveer, and Trikone Northwest.

Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI members

January 18, 1:00 pm

Living Voices: Northwest Passages

Witness the dynamically changing Northwest at the turn of the century. The expansion of the railroad, the discovery of gold, labor struggles, and world war—these are the passages experienced by a young Swedish immigrant and her community.

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 10 years (4th grade) to adult.

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

Location: Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI members

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