After The Seattle Historical Society was formed in 1911 (on the 60th anniversary of the Alki landing of the Denny Party), officially incorporated three years later, and eventually became known as the Seattle-King County Historical Society. The Museum of History & Industry opened on February 15, 1952 in the Montlake location. Ten years later the expansion of SR 520 forced the museum to create a new entrance. By the end of the next decade MOHAI had expanded to include the McCurdy Gallery and the McEachern auditorium. In 1974 MOHAI received accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
MOHAI has grown to become the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington, attracting more than 60,000 visitors annually from the Northwest and beyond, including thousands of school children. MOHAI collects, preserves and presents the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. Its engaging exhibits and programs, its collection of nearly 4 million historic artifacts, archives and photographs, and its award-winning educational programs have created an appreciation for the Northwest's diverse cultural, social and economic history. For more information, please visit the MOHAI website by clicking here.
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The proposed widening of SR 520 in 2012 and the eventual demolition of the current museum building, has led MOHAI to explore a new site. MOHAI is now working with the City of Seattle and others to move to the historic Armory Building in Lake Union Park. Research indicated this is a desirable location for visitors, and MOHAI has now embarked on a campaign to make the new museum a reality and planning the transformation of the landmark building into a nationally recognized regional history museum.
A brand new MOHAI presenting history happening today. At MOHAI, history is not just a marker in the sand, HISTORY IS preserved for future generations. Individuals like you, corporations and foundations have generously given more than $20,600,000 to the HISTORY IS campaign. The museum now at more than 50% of our goal. Your gift of any size is crucial to the new MOHAI and to ensuring the success of the HISTORY IS campaign. If you would like to contribute to the MOHAI capital campaign, please click here.