•The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is excited to be moving to the Naval Reserve Building (Armory) at Lake Union Park in Fall of 2012. With MOHAI’s move, the interior of the Naval Reserve Building will be completely restored and remodeled to accommodate the many new state-of-the-art exhibits destined to become hallmarks of Seattle’s story for years to come. Construction began on Monday, January 10, 2011.
•MOHAI at Lake Union Park will have significantly more exhibit space than at the Montlake location. Visitors will experience the region’s history through a chronological narrative and engage directly through a variety of interactive elements on the first and second floors. A dedicated gallery will provide space for travelling exhibits from major institutions around the country and the Armory’s “bridge room” will house MOHAI’s rich maritime collection so integral to the Puget Sound story. Five 35 foot high towers created as galleries in the round will illustrate major themes that have shaped the region, clearly illustrating relationships between past, present and future. K–12 students will learn the history of the region and beyond in a dedicated classroom and throughout the entire museum through MOHAI’s education programs that fulfill state requirements and consistently improve student’s classroom performance.
•MOHAI is planning to have a special “Raze the Ceiling” celebration in June of 2011 and will keep our Lake Union neighbors informed of our progress. For more information about MOHAI’s move to Lake Union Park, go to www.historyismoving.org.
Current Exhibits and Programs
MOHAI has fun and interesting exhibits and programs that we’d like to invite the community to see.
•Cut from Nature: The Art of Richard Bennett: Now open until March 27, 2011, the exhibit features MOHAI’s rich collection of Northwest artist Richard Bennett’s original works as well as the works of his fellow artists.
Richard Bennett (1899–1971) was a nationally known printmaker, painter and illustrator born in Ireland but raised in Washington State. He became an accomplished printmaker early in his career and would later become one of the nation’s leading illustrators of children’s books. Bennett illustrated over 200 books in his career including Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald as well as the Paul Bunyan stories.
•History Is ____ Film Competition: MOHAI has launched the History Is ____ Film Competition, open to all ages and experience levels. Tell MOHAI what history means to you in 5 minutes or less. Open to filmmakers of all ages and experience levels. Entries accepted until April 1, 2011. For more information, go to www.seattlehistory.org/film.