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, 7:00 pm

Not Your Princess

Romanticized images of Kikisoblu (Princess Angeline), taken by Edward Curtis and others, were part of a much broader stereotypical trope that continues to impact present-day representations of indigenous women.

Meet contemporary artists and scholars who resist these colonial narratives, shattering stereotypes and celebrating Native American culture. Artifacts from the MOHAI collection connected to these representations will be on display during the program.

Complimentary childcare available during the program by advance registration for children ages 4 and up.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request. Please contact programs@mohai.org two weeks prior to the program in order to request an ASL interpreter.

Location: MOHAI, Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium

Cost: Free (museum admission not included)

August 25, 12:00 pm

Maker Day: Fantasy LED Balls

Engineering meets playtime!

Learn about LED lights and circuits with local artist Brian Morris while building your own Fantasy LED Ball.

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free for MOHAI members / Included with museum admission

September 1 - February 10

WW1 America

Empires were destroyed, millions perished, and the world was upended by a war meant to end all others. Making its West Coast debut at MOHAI on September 1, 2018 through February 10, 2019 WW1 America tells the story of one of history’s most remarkable moments.

The WWI era—1914 to 1919—saw America transformed. It was a time of wrenching extremes that pulled Americans between the poles of fear and hope, between deepening cynicism and broadening optimism. Through original artifacts, images, voices, interactives and multimedia presentations, WW1 America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans—both legendary and unsung—during this turbulent time.

“The City of Seattle welcomes this opportunity to explore the causes and consequences of World War I,” said Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess, “and also to salute the generations of veterans in our region who have served the nation at home and abroad.”

This powerful exhibit will coincide with the centennial of Armistice Day on November 11, 2018 the day the war ended and an especially important day of international observance in 2018 (known in the United States as Veterans Day).

Developed by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, WW1 America illustrates how the past can help us understand our nation and our world today.

September 12, 7:00 pm

MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Seattle Fashion in Boom Times

The Klondike Gold Rush reshaped Seattle, including its fledgling clothing and retail industry. Today, Seattle is booming again.

How is the tech industry changing and influencing fashion—and what parallels might there be in the city’s past?

Explore this tale of two Gold Rushes with MOHAI’s Clothing and Textile Specialist, Clara Berg.

Member Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 12, 6—8:30 pm
Free for MOHAI members. Not a member? Join today!

MOHAI members planning to attend MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Seattle Fashion in Boom Times are invited to a member-only pre-lecture Happy Hour with refreshments and light hors d’ouevres.

Location: MOHAI

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

September 15, 1:00 pm

Living Voices: Hear My Voice

How long was the fight for women’s suffrage? Follow Jessie as she learns about the history of the women who started the movement for women’s right to vote, the new generation continuing the fight, and those who oppose it (including her own parents).

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.

Location: Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Cost: Free for MOHAI members / Included with museum admission

September 15, 2:00 pm

Living Voices: Hear My Voice

How long was the fight for women’s suffrage? Follow Jessie as she learns about the history of the women who started the movement for women’s right to vote, the new generation continuing the fight, and those who oppose it (including her own parents).

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.

Location: Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Cost: Free for MOHAI members / Included with museum admission

September 19, 6:30 pm

History Café: Seattle’s Freeway Revolt

Seattle would be a very different city today were it not for the citizen activists who opposed plans calling for a dense network of freeways traversing and girdling the city.

A coalition of activists, representing communities from Mt. Baker to Lake City and groups as diverse as the Citizens Planning Council and the Black Panthers, joined in opposition. Their collective actions succeeded in halting two major freeways and downsizing a third, saving parks, shoreline and thousands of homes and businesses.

Location: MOHAI, South Lake Café

Cost: Free

September 22, 1:00 pm

Race: The Al Young Story

Enjoy a special screening of Race: The Al Young Story. Find out how local legend Al Young broke stereotypes to become the first Asian American world champion drag racer, overcoming a learning disability in the process.

Join Al Young for this special viewing and discussion to learn how he met these challenges and used his disability to become a world champion.

Location: Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Cost: Free for MOHAI members / Included with museum admission

September 22, 2:00 pm

Race: The Al Young Story

Enjoy a special screening of Race: The Al Young Story. Find out how local legend Al Young broke stereotypes to become the first Asian American world champion drag racer, overcoming a learning disability in the process.

Join Al Young for this special viewing and discussion to learn how he met these challenges and used his disability to become a world champion.

Location: Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Cost: Free for MOHAI members / Included with museum admission

September 25, 6:30 pm

ENGAGE: Put it On the Ballot

Learn more about the city we call home and how our civic past shapes our present. Meet new people and gain the tools to create change from some of our region’s most inspiring leaders.

Explore the unique history and present-day opportunities provided by the Washington State initiative process, where voters can propose an idea that becomes a law. Enjoy snacks, discussion, and fun while learning how to directly impact democracy.

This inaugural program takes place on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free for MOHAI members / $10 general public

September 27, 7:00 pm

Community Conversation: The Reality of Fake News

Accusations of “fake news” have dominated the national news cycle for the last two years. Misinformation runs rampant on social media and erodes the public’s trust in traditional media. This is not a new problem. Political distortion of truth characterizes much of America’s press history.

Join Enrique Cerna as he moderates an important community conversation with historians and media experts that explores how to find the facts amid the fiction.

Complimentary childcare available during the program by advance registration for children ages 4 and up.

Presented in partnership with King County TV.

Location: MOHAI

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

September 29, 12:00 pm

Maker Day: Shadow Puppets

Come create shadow puppets with artist and puppeteer Dustin Curtis, then put on a shadow play of your own invention!

Location: MOHAI

Cost: Free for MOHAI members / Included with museum admission

November 2, 5:30 pm

History Makers Gala 2018

Join us for MOHAI’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and a fashion-themed extravaganza to celebrate the upcoming exhibit, Seattle Style: Fashion/Function.

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.

Registration opens in September.

For more information please call 206 324 1126 Ext. 124.

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