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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October 16, 6:30 pm

History Café: Telling Tales with Seattle Storytellers Guild

Join three Seattle Storytellers Guild members for an evening of Seattle stories ranging from historic to recent!

Mrs. Nettie Craig Asberry: Activist and Woman of Action by Eva Abram: Hear the story of Mrs. Nettie Craig Asberry, an African-American activist who worked for civil rights and women’s suffrage.

Frederick and Nelson: Shoppers’ Paradise by Anne Brendler: Dive into memories of the Frederick and Nelson department store, a favorite with Seattle shoppers for nearly a century.

Fulfilling Her Dreams and Passions by Afifi Durr: Learn how Lebanese American activist Afifi Durr dedicated her career and volunteer hours to creating better cultural understanding between the East and West.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free

October 19, 1:00 pm

On the Brink: Documentary Film Screening

Enjoy special screenings of On the Brink, a new local documentary exploring the history and future of Seattle’s Central District.

Once one of the largest African American communities in the Pacific Northwest, the Central District is seeing this vibrant community and rich history threatened by change. On the Brink tells a universal story of the struggle to hold on to a sense of community in the face of change and find hope in a time of despair.

October 26, 12:00 pm

Maker Day: Mini Monsters

What does it take to make your very own creature creation? Join Mr. Sogs Creatures and find out as they help you create a creature out of cloth!

With options for all ages and skill levels, this monster mash is sure to help you learn new skills and take home new friends.

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.

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI members

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.

November 7, 10:00 am

Free First Thursday: Celebrating Maritime Stories

November is National Novel Writing Month! Celebrate by joining Puget Sound Maritime for maritime-themed storybook activities.

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.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free

November 10, 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

November 12, 7:00 pm

Beyond Bollywood: A Night of Music & Dance

Celebrate the landmark exhibit Beyond Bollywood: India Americans Shape the Nation with this special evening of music and dance, featuring local performers from Pratidhwani. Guests of all ages are invited to experience these performances of both contemporary and traditional Indian music and dance.

$10 General Public/$5 MOHAI Members

November 15, 5:30 pm

History Makers Gala 2019

Join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year and celebrate MOHAI’s upcoming exhibit, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.

This special event raises vital support for MOHAI’s exhibits and programs, including our K-12 education curriculum which serves almost 30,000 students and teachers each year. Enjoy an evening of great food, cocktails and wine, and a live auction of unique items and experiences only available at this event.

The fair market value of each ticket is $100 and is not tax-deductible.

For more information please contact us at rsvp@mohai.org or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 124.

Tickets can be purchased here.

November 16, 1:00 pm

Living Voices: Klondike

The promise of riches and a new life during a time of turmoil drives one young woman to join a worldwide stampede in the last grand adventure of the 19th century.

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.

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

December 3, 6:30 pm

Vellai Pookal Screening & Directors Chat

Vellai Pookal is a Tamil language thriller based on the story of Rudhran, a retired Indian police officer who travels to the USA to meet his son and fatefully finds himself caught in a web of disappearance, death, and deceit.

Follow Rudhran through his experiences in the Pacific Northwest and you will smile, laugh heartily, gasp with fear and be chilled with thrills as he unravels the mystery of the kidnappings in his neighborhood.

Arrive early for a bite to eat at the MOHAI Café before the program. Enjoy complimentary popcorn during the movie and stay for the Director’s Chat with filmmakers including Director and Scriptwriter Vivek Elangovan.

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

Location: MOHAI

Cost: $10 for MOHAI members / $15 general public

December 7, 1:00 pm

Living Voices: Island of Hope

Join a young girl who escapes oppression in the old world to make a new life in America. But what happens to immigrants who are held back on Ellis Island?

Experience this pivotal moment in a personal immigration story, and learn about the important immigrant histories that have shaped our nation.

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

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

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