Exhibits at MOHAI
Museum of History & Industry
860 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98109
Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies
Through December 1, 2013
The first exhibit in the Walker Gallery examines Seattle’s relationship with film. Curated by celebrated Seattle critic Robert Horton, this unique exhibition explores both the image of Seattle captured in films, and how the idea of “going to the movies” has changed in the city over the years. Along with film clips and historic artifacts, the exhibit helps visitors truly engage with the historic movie experience through a set of recreated mini-theatres, interactive games and activity kiosks.
Still Afloat: Seattle’s Floating Homes
Through November 3, 2013
This exhibit is designed to shed light on one of Seattle’s most iconic images: the houseboat. Centered on the long-standing floating home community on Seattle’s Lake Union, the exhibit will feature historic photos, oral histories, and architectural diagrams. Visitors will also get the chance to explore a scale model floating home to see how the infrastructure of these homes are adapted to meet the needs of life on the water.
Continuing MOHAI’s 50+ year partnership with the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (PSMHS), Maritime Seattle celebrates our community's long relationship with water and illustrates how our aquatic and industrial activities have ultimately shaped what we've become.
Hosted in the historic bridge room, the gallery features stunning views of Lake Union and its bustling world of boats, planes, paddlers, and wildlife. These modern activities are juxtaposed alongside some of MOHAI and PSMHS’s most engaging artifacts such as the working WWII-era TANG periscope with 360 degree views of the city, and a 1885 Fresnel Lens from the Smith Island Lighthouse.
True Northwest: The Seattle Journey
"We have the means and talent to make the city we want in our own time".
This quote by civic activist Jim Ellis concisely captures the theme that underlies MOHAI’s premier core exhibit. By sharing stories from our past, MOHAI helps make sense of the present, and ultimately inspires decisions that help lead to a better future. True Northwest: The Seattle Journey explores some of the trials and tribulations of Seattle on its long and bumpy journey from wilderness to world city.
Visitors stroll through twenty five different "snapshots" of the city through the years, each with a unique display of artifacts, images, and multimedia. Interspersed througout the exhibit are one-of-a-kind interactive experiences, such as the Great Fire Theater and the Canwell Trials reenactment, that let visitors truly immerse themselves in the lives and stories of our past. The Joshua Green Foundation Theater helps contextualize the exhibit through a seven minute multimedia presentation on Seattle's cultural place in the region, the country, and the world.