MOHAI announces special holiday events, Seattle on the Spot curator talk, and more this season!

It’s difficult to believe but the holidays are almost upon us! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Seattle shopping scene and pop into MOHAI for one of its many special events taking place throughout the season. As a quick heads-up, we are looking forward to Greet the Season on Saturday, Nov. 25, and a special Seattle on the Spot exhibit curator talk on Tuesday, Dec. 5!

Greet the Season on Nov. 25 with MOHAI and enjoy innovative galleries and hands-on activities with family and friends this holiday. Throughout the holiday season, the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) gives visitors great reasons to add history and culture to their festivities. With dynamic and innovative galleries, our featured exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, Greet the Season on Nov. 25, and special events including an exclusive curator talk about of the life and legacy of Al Smith on  Dec. 5, a trip to the museum is a great way to spend the holidays.



Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Seattle shopping scene and pop into MOHAI for one of its many special events taking place throughout the season.


November 25, 10 am – 5 pm

Greet the Season: Celebrating Community

Included with museum admission. Members always receive free museum admission!


Kick off the holiday season and celebrate community at Lake Union Park with MOHAI, the Center for Wooden Boats, and the Historic Ships Warf. Connect with local organizations building community through art for a day filled with music, dance workshops, and family-friendly crafts. Please see website for detailed schedule.


Make a tin lantern to twinkle all through the winter nights!  Sessions will run 11 am-12 pm, 1-2 pm, and 3-4 pm. Cost is $5.00 per lantern. Adult supervision required. Register at MOHI’s admission desk.  


Bring new socks to donate to a local homeless shelter and receive $2 off regular-price MOHAI admission. Also, as an added bonus, the Museum Store is offering a discount of 10% to 20% off all merchandise.


As a special holiday treat, visit MOHAI’s popular miniature Hammons House. From 1–3 pm, join the museum’s Collection Manager Betsy Bruemmer and special guest Robert Sondheim who served as caretaker of the Hammons House for many years. Please see the website for up-to-date information.


Through January 15, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm

Hammons House

Free for MOHAI members / Included with admission


Back by popular demand, MOHAI’s famous Hammons House will be on display for the first time since the museum’s move to Lake Union Park. This finely crafted miniature house was designed by renowned Seattle architect Joseph Coté and built in 1955 by Fritz Hahn and Ernest Gebert.


November 26, 10 am – 5 pm

Museum Store Sunday

Free (gallery admission not included)


Join the MOHAI store for Museum Store Sunday (MSS) as THE day to shop and support museum stores worldwide. Enjoy relaxing, inspired shopping inside the museum showcasing broad assortments of highly curated, unique, gifts. From books to jewelry to children’s products to home accessories and gourmet food, there is something for everyone. Please check the website for more information.


December 5, 7 – 8:30 pm (galleries open until 8 pm)

Telling the Story of Al Smith: An Evening with the Curators

$5 MOHAI Members / $10 General Public


How do you tell the story of Seattle’s Central District, vibrant jazz scene, and much more through the lens of one man’s camera? Gain insights into the life and legacy of Al Smith and the development of MOHAI’s new exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. Panelists include:

Moderator: Vivian Phillips Seattle Arts Commission chair

Howard Giske, MOHAI’s Curator of Photography and a long-time friend of Al Smith.

Butch Smith, Al Smith’s son and collaborator on the Seattle on the Spot exhibit.

Paul de Barros, jazz historian and collaborator the Seattle on the Spot exhibit.

Quin’Nita Cobbins, historian, webmaster and collaborator on the Seattle on the Spot exhibit.


December 7, 10 am – 8 pm

Free First Thursday

Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith and MOHAI’s popular miniature Hammons House, are accessible at a special rate on first Thursdays of $8 for adults, $6 for student/senior/military.


All ages are welcome to stop by MOHAI. Create and enjoy hands-on activities inspired by the exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. Free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.


December 12, 5:30-7:30 pm

Portrait of the City:  The 25 Most Important Photographs from Seattle History

Hotel Theodore, Seattle

$15 (includes one drink and small bites)


From Edward Curtis to Instagram, Leonard Garfield, MOHAI Executive Director, reveals the 25 most important photographs from throughout Seattle’s history and the incredible stories behind the lens. This program is presented in partnership with Hotel Theodore. Please see the website for more information.



When you give a gift membership, you are giving unlimited free museum admission, exclusive access to special exhibitions, discounts on museum programs, in the gift shop and MOHAI Café. More information can be found at or by calling (206) 324-1126 ext.194.



The MOHAI Store is the perfect place to find unique gifts of great beauty and whimsy for nearly every age and taste. From jewelry and house wares created by Seattle artists, to high quality notebooks, beautiful coffee table books and catalogues, to one-of-a-kind children’s gifts, it is easy to find the right gift at the MOHAI Store. Don’t forget: MOHAI members receive a 15% discount!



Located in MOHAI’s northwest corner, the 700 square foot café boasts stunning views out to Lake Union and across Lake Union Park to the Space Needle. Focusing on local ingredients and a memorable experience, the Café offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Espresso drinks, local wines, and beers round out the menu, making this the perfect choice for a quick refresher or a more leisurely meal. South Lake Café is catered by eatdrink with Eric Bauer, which captures the best of the flavors around Seattle. MOHAI members receive a 10% discount!



MOHAI is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The museum will close at 2 pm on December 24 and December 31. Regular hours apply at all other times: Daily 10 am – 5 pm and until 8 pm on Free First Thursdays.



Visiting MOHAI is an affordable way to share the rewards of cultural enrichment and reflection with your family and friends. Current admission prices are: $19.95 Adults, $15.95 Seniors (62 and over), $13.95 Students and Military, FREE for youth (14 and under) and First Thursdays (admission rates may apply for special exhibits). Members are always free!



Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith

November 18, 2017 – June 17, 2018


Al Smith’s photography chronicled Seattle’s vibrant Central District neighborhood and the city’s African American community with great warmth and intimacy. Developed in partnership with the Black Heritage Society (BHS) of Washington State, Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, honors 65 years of Smith’s brilliantly expressive documentary photography and celebrates the neighborhood and people who inspired him.


Seattle on the Spot is a special glimpse into Seattle’s African American community, the local jazz scene, as well as the life and the work of this unique artist. Smith’s pictures give a peek into a vibrant part of Seattle’s history and culture. Take a look at Seattle through this distinctive lens.

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