The Museum of History and Industry
South Lake Union
|Faye Allen Grand Atrium|
|Artifacts on Exhibit|
|Visitor Information: Hours, Directions, Admission|
Seattle visitors and natives can enjoy taking a tour through the new home of the Museum of History and Industry to experience a nice serving of Seattle’s rich history. The Museum (“Mohai”) hosts 40,000 visitors annually including 10,000 students.
Mohai was founded in 1952 and it has built up an impressive collection of Seattle’s history. The collection includes over 100,000 three dimensional objects and over 2,000,000 posters and photos.
Mohai has multimedia exhibits to guide you through Seattle’s old west history and its journey into current times. You can easily spend a couple of hours in the Museum enjoying all of the exhibits.
A NEW HOME FOR THE MUSEUM
The last few days of 2012 heralded an exciting new chapter in the story of the Museum of History and Industry. After years of planning, fund raising, and construction, the Museum held the grand opening of its new location in Lake Union Park.
The Museum’s new home is a lovely restoration of an historic Art Deco structure and it fits in perfectly with the Center for Wooden Boats, the Historic Ships Collection, Lake Union Park, and the overall setting for Lake Union.
The building is the Naval Reserve Armory that opened in 1942 and was used for five decades as a training center. It was designed by architect Marcus Priteca who also designed the beautiful Paramount Theater and the Coliseum Theater (now Banana Republic).
THE FAYE G. ALLEN GRAND ATRIUM
Now, let’s enter the Museum and see its magnificent Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium. The Grand Atrium is the centerpiece for the Museum. The four story tall space is bright, colorful, and is filled with museum artifacts, art, exhibits, the gift shop, and the information desk.
The Grand Atrium is one of the most spectacular venues in the Seattle area. As you walk around the Museum, your eyes are constantly drawn back to the center of the vast, light--filled Grand Atrium with its collection of colorful objects. The design of the Atrium allows its floor space to feel quite spacious.
One of the Atrium’s dazzling features is its lovely wood floor. The original building’s floor was refinished during the restoration. The patterns in the wood and its rich colors make the Atrium floor one of the most attractive features of the new MOHAI location.
The Grand Atrium is filled with a magnificent display of some of Seattle’s most notable artifacts. Greeting you next to the entrance is the unmistakable bright pink Lincoln’s Towing Toe Truck. As you stroll around the Atrium, you will notice several historical showpieces:
- The Boeing B1 Float Plane, Boeing’s first commercial airplane
- The Artifact Grid topped with the iconic 11 foot tall Rainier “R”
- Slo-mo-shun IV, the hydroplane that set a world record in 1950
- A trio of wooden figureheads from old sailing ships
The splendid new home for the Museum is a dazzling showcase set in one of Seattle’s most beautiful places. The Museum features a lovely historic building, a beautiful campus, and an atrium that is an architectural gem. It is filled with historic objects and exhibits that tell the exciting story of how Seattle grew to be one of America’s leading cities.
LOCATION, PARKING, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
The Museum is located at the north end of Lake Union Park on south Lake Union. There is some paid parking near the Museum. However, I would strongly encourage visitors to take either King County buses that run near Lake Union Park. The best way to travel to the Museum from downtown is to take the South Lake Union Streetcar from its Westlake Center terminal to the Lake Union stop.
Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
( 206) 324-1126
Please click here to go to the Mohai web site page for visitors to see the current admission rates.
First Thursdays are free
BOOKSTORE, CAFE, BAG CHECK-IN
The Museum has a nice gift shop in the Grand Atrium.
The Museum has a lovely cafe with a variety of tempting offerings.
You can check bags and coats at the Information Desk.
MUSEUM WEB SITE
Please click here to go to the Mohai web site.