The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)


The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), located on South Lake Union in Seattle, is the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington. The museum collects, preserves and presents the history of the Puget Sound region. With a collection of more than four million historic objects, documents and photographs, MOHAI is a great place for anyone interested in the history of the region.

Best and worst time to go to Museum of History & Industry
To avoid crowds, visit MOHAI on a weekday during the school year. For free admission, go on the first Thursday of the month.

Must see/do at Museum of History & Industry
MOHAI is home to the Bezos Center for Innovation. Interactive exhibits, along with community and educational programs, let you explore how innovation and big ideas shaped Puget Sound.

Admission to Museum of History & Industry
MOHAI is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas and closes early at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Adult admission is $17, seniors 62 and over are $15, students and military cost $14, and children 14 and under are free with an adult admission. MOHAI members also receive free admission. Teens 13 to 19 can get $5 admission with a valid TeenTix pass. Group rates are also available.

Parking and public transportation at Museum of History & Industry
MOHAI visitors can park in the AGC Lot, located 0.36 mile from the museum at 1200 Westlake Avenue N, for $5 with ticket validation from the MOHAI front desk. The area also has other paid parking lots. The museum has an adjacent lot exclusively for ADA-accessible needs. A number of King Country Metro buses serve the area, as does the South Lake Union Streetcar. Want to arrive by boat? Moor your boat at the Historic Ships Wharf in South Lake Union Park.

Food at Museum of History & Industry
MOHAI has the Compass Café by Northwest Catering. The menu focuses on local ingredients and includes sandwiches, salads, soups, hot entrees, desserts, espresso drinks and local wines and beers. The Café has views of Lake Union Park, the Space Needle and nearby historic docks.

Insider tip for visitors to Museum of History & Industry
Admission to the museum is free on the first Thursday of every month. If MOHAI is hosting a special traveling exhibition, it may have an admission fee. MOHAI also hosts youth and adult public programs throughout the year.

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