Exhibits at MOHAI

FilmVisual Arts

Partner Organization

Museum of History & Industry


Museum of History & Industry
860 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98109

Temporary Exhibits:

Revealing Queer

Through July 6th

MOHAI proudly presents Revealing Queer, a landmark exhibit exploring how the Puget Sound LGBTQ community has grown, changed, become more visible, and worked towards equality. Informed throughout by the lived experiences of this incredibly diverse population, the exhibit traces its history from an emerging underground group in the years before the Stonewall Riots of 1969, to the large and politically active community that helped make marriage equality law in Washington State in 2012. Visitors will discover this complex history through a variety of themes, including language, significant cultural spaces, queer celebrations, regional law, and more. The artifacts, photographs, and documents that fill the exhibit have come both from MOHAI’s collection and from donors across the country—many have not been seen before by the public.

This exhibit is the result of collaboration between many individuals and organizations, led by Erin Bailey and Nicole Robert, co-founders of Queering the Museum—an ongoing project to uncover and share LGBTQ stories in institutions across the country. Bailey and Robert worked closely with a Community Advisory Committee composed of representatives from local LGBTQ organizations to create Revealing Queer.

Drawn to Seattle

Through May 26th

Beat this year’s winter blues by enjoying MOHAI’s exhibition, Drawn to Seattle: The Work of Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, featuring sketches from the award-winning Seattle Times blog and weekly column, “Seattle Sketcher.”  This fascinating exhibition, on view from December 21, 2013 – May 26, 2014, opens up the pages of Campanario’s sketchbook to communicate the significant locations, events, and experiences that have filled his life in Seattle. From food trucks and cyclists, to the Smith Tower and Freeway Park, Drawn to Seattle is a great way for family and friends to experience the people and places that make Seattle a vibrant urban center. 

Permanent Exhibits:

Maritime Seattle

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.

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