Museum of History & Industry

860 Terry Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

MOHAI is respected nationally and treasured locally as a dynamic, innovative museum where historical exploration inspires people to create a better future for themselves and their communities. MOHAI tells the story of Seattle and Puget Sound through temporary exhibitions and two permanent exhibitions: True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and the Bezos Center for Innovation. In addition to exhibits, MOHAI hosts a variety of award-winning youth and adult public programs and consistently collaborates with community partners on local events and activities. Visit for program and exhibit information.


True Northwest: The Seattle Journey
MOHAI’s core exhibit aims to illuminate how history has shaped the unique culture of the Pacific Northwest by tracing Seattle’s journey from wilderness to world city. On the second floor, visitors meander through a set of intimate spaces that provide a series of snapshots into Seattle’s past. Alongside the artifacts and historic photos, the exhibit uses interactive media that allows visitors to dig deeper into the unique stories and issues.

Maritime Seattle
Continuing MOHAI’s 50+ year partnership with the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (PSMHS), this exhibit in the McCurdy Family Maritime Gallery explores our region’s connection to water, beginning right at Lake Union. The exhibit uses images, models and artifacts to juxtapose historic activities with the modern ones visible on Lake Union through the gallery’s north-facing windows.

Bezos Center for Innovation
Explore how innovation shaped our region and changed the world. Through interactive exhibits, community and educational programs, and first-person insights from leading innovators, discover Seattle’s role as a nexus of big ideas and new directions - and ignite the innovator within! Generously supported by Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos, this is the place to discover the past and future of creativity and invention in our region.

The Smithsonian Museum Day pass allows you free access to exhibits including: True Northwest: The Seattle Journey, The Bezos Center for Innovation, and Maritime Seattle. Special exhibition rates will apply for other exhibits. More information for all exhibits can be found here.

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