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“A reasonably priced museum with lots of pacific northwest history”

Museum of History & Industry
Ranked #21 of 439 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation.
Victoria BC
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“A reasonably priced museum with lots of pacific northwest history”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We headed over to the MOHAI via the South Lake Union Streetcar. This museum has an impressive array of information related to the history of Seattle and the pacific northwest. Each of the exhibits is arranged in a chronological order and features many interactive stuff to go with it. The second floor contains most of the exhibits which includes information about the first settlers of the Puget Sound region, Seattle's involvement in World War l and ll and the development of the city. On the main floor is information about the technology introduced in the Washington area. On the fourth floor is a small exhibit about the maritime heritage of Seattle. It also overlooks lake Union and there are many heritage boats out in front of the museum. This is probably one of the best museums in the Seattle area (which I call second after the Museum of Flight).

Visited August 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“best museum in Seattle i have seen so far.”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Love the combination of history at the top floor and the big focus on innovation on the ground floor. Very different to other museums as it is about inspiration and how to get people going to be more innovative.

Visited September 2013
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Shoreline, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“History”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Always changing. Great location. Nice grounds. Connecting to wooden boat area. On hot days park has fun water sprayers. A pool to float your home made sail boats
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Visited March 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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“A little too spendy & a fair bit noisy”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We recently visited the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle. First the good stuff. The museum has a good collection of interesting artifacts, and those are specifically about the Pacific Northwest and some are quite interesting. The displays are well put together and the layout is OK. The caveats: in almost every room there is something blaring some sort of audio content: jet fighters, planes, newscasts, mood music. There was not a silent spot in the place other than the bathroom. I associate blaring sound and gratuitously interactive displays with children's museums. For some displays the interactivity did not add anything to the display, other than something to fiddle with. Parking can be a challenge. There is only handicapped parking near the museum. The recommended parking is about 2 blocks away, and it is free on the weekend, so go on the weekend. Admission costs $17.00 a person, and it is definitely not worth $17.00 to be immersed in inescapable sound and there are only two floors of installations, the bulk of the space is an open atrium area. If you are in town for a few days and want to see a museum, go to the Seattle Art Museum instead.

Visited August 2014
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Bogota, Colombia
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“very interesting”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

the mohai (as it is known) is in a fairly new location so you can tell as you walk in that things are in pretty good shape. the museum is really pretty, and the kids loved runnig around without getting yelled at. they had lots of things to do. the adults also enjoyed it. we got to see everything, and there could be pros and cons as to how it is organized and set up, so for us, the museum worked! we watched a of film about the seattle fire, and it was quite interesting! the surroundings are really pretty and lots of walking grounds around the museum! we enjoyed it quite a bit!

Visited July 2014
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