Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), Seattle

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Discover for yourself the history and tradition of Seattle and the American Northwest at Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Inside the museum you'll find one of the most comprehensive collections of artifacts in the whole region. See the first Boeing commercial plane, take a look through the original World War II submarine periscope, and travel through Seattle's history from the city's beginnings to the modern age. In addition to the permanent displays, which show just a fraction of its collection, the museum regularly sets up themed exhibits (look up the schedule online before you arrive). The museum is easily accessible via public transportation, and there is also designated parking for visitors who arrive by car, as well as the historical wharf for those who prefer to sail in. Find out how to plan Seattle trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • An interesting museum thats gives a history of Seattle from the gold rush to the the city it is today. It includes companies like Boeing and the technology companies Microsoft and Amazon.  more »
  • Our first negative impression was just trying to park and enter. The GPS kept telling us to turn in towards the museum, but once there, there is no parking except handicap parking. The second negative...  more »
  • When you can keep an 8 year old fascinated for two hours you have done a great job designing a museum. It is set out in a chronological system based on the history of Seattle with a lot of other inter...  more »
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  • Great place to truly appreciate Seattle's history and it's thriving role in the innovation of the 21st century. Really need quite a bit of time to really get through the entire museum. Had a cool exhibit of all the innovative ideas that came out of Seattle, as well as Seattle's history involved with the First Nations and new settlers. Cool location right on the banks of Lake Union with lots of sea planes taking off and landing, as well as cool views of the skyline to the South. Highly recommend
  • Really well planned and well executed exhibits. The displays were instructive and interactive. Would totally recommend if you have friends in town or if you haven’t been yet! There are historical ships in the shipyard out front that you can go in and visit as well. Look out for parking though, it’s often completely full so look for parking to the west in front of the argosy cruises.
  • Pretty cool museum in a great location. I definitely learned a lot about Seattle history that I never knew before. The food exhibit was especially interesting (fun fact: the Seattle area has more restaurants with "Teriyaki" in the name than it has McDonald's or Burger Kings).
  • It was like reading a story so down-to-earth and so beautifully illustrated. A visionary and practical city. There is this spirit of problem solving for better inhabitancy rooted in the core, as well as a vividness and native human emotion freely expressed. Can't wait to check out Alki Point post visit!
  • A fantastic, well organized, perfect example of a museum. Visited before moving here and will still continue to frequent its exhibits. The whole place is an interactive and informative experience. Would 1,000% recommend for families and children 10+ Learned a lot about Seattle's history and you can't beat the views on the dock! Love!

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