Monday, December 17, 2012

The New MOHAI opens

The new Museumof History and Industry will re-open on December 29th in the Naval Reserve Armory landmark building at the center of  Seattle's growing and lively South Lake Union neighborhood.  The signature institution of the Emerald City that was first inspired by a costume party in 1911 has grown and became the largest private heritage organization in the Washington State - with nearly 4 million artifacts and historic photographs.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience history, heritage and tradition in an innovative space with a fresh look while viewing Seattle's Lake Union.

The MOHAI museum will offer a series of permanent and temporary exhibitions together with numerous public and educational programs, participation in citywide activities and brand new initiatives.

The permanent exhibition Waterways to the World in partnership with the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society explores the region connection to the water. Visitors will face Lake Union while learning about Thomas Mercer, who in 1854 correctly predicted that canals would someday join Lake Washington to Puget Sound in a "union of waters” and became the godfather of the Lake Union.

The core exhibition on the first story illuminates how history shaped the culture of the Pacific North West by presenting Seattle’s history from wilderness to world city. Four are the themes to be discovered: Community and Diversity; Creativity and Innovation; Relationships with Nature and Global City Seattle.

The Celluloid Seattle: A city in the Movies exhibition will remain open to the following September and will examine the unique relationship of the city with the movies. How the idea of going to the movies changed Seattle as well as how the city was captured in the movies are the two themes of this exclusive exhibition.

If visitors want to learn how to make their own video games, they will have the chance with the Building a Video Game exhibition. Fig Fish, the leading game company of the city, will explain each step of game development using its mobile game Fetch.

Finally, the Center for Innovation is expected to open in the fall of 2013. The center will offer classes, lectures and youth programming with a permanent exhibition presenting Seattle’s role in innovation and entrepreneurship.

For more information visit the museum’s website here

For the Grand Opening tickets, opening hours and directions, click here