If you don't already have a great affinity for this corner of the country - the magnificent Pacific Northwest - you surely will after visiting the beautiful Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). MOHAI is the largest private heritage organization in Washington state, devoted to teaching and preserving the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the country.
Thanks to creatively designed exhibits that use cutting-edge technology and hands-on aspects to involve visitors, the venue exuberantly celebrate the innovators, pioneers and talents who have shaped this thriving city and made it what it is today.
MOHAI boasts a beautiful setting on the south edge of Lake Union — Photo courtesy of MOHAI
MOHAI's new venue recently opened on the southern end of South Lake Union, and a soaring atrium welcomes visitors to the appealing space. A ten-minute intro video is a great way to commence the experience once you've ascended to the second floor.
Next, explore informative exhibits in which photos, artifacts, maps and other learning tools help document the city's history from the day Captain George Vancouver's ship first sailed into Elliott Bay in 1792 to the present. (Think Microsoft and Macklemore.)
The display cases take visitors through key events that shaped the modern city (like Seattle's Great Fire of 1889, the Gold Rush, Prohibition (Moonshine!), World War II and the World's Fair that brought the city its most identifiable landmark - the Space Needle. The museum focuses on the fascinating and diverse people and characters that helped shape this unique region.
After touring the museum, pause at the well-stocked gift shop en route to Compass Cafe. Here, consider grabbing a tasty treat (sweet or savory) to enjoy indoors in the sleek, Scandinavian-feeling space. Or go out onto the pleasant waterside terrace.
If you care to arrive by water, daily boat moorage is available at the Historic Ships Wharf. Contact the Center for Wooden Boats for rates and availability by phone at 206-382-2628.
The museum interior is a feast for the senses — Photo courtesy of MOHAI