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Visit MOHAI

Rediscover history and get immersed in the lives and stories that made the Pacific Northwest the unique place it is today.

MOHAI tells Seattle’s story through exhibitions and interactives. True Northwest: The Seattle Journey examines the trials and successes of Seattle’s colorful, sometimes bumpy trek from wilderness to world city. The Bezos Center for Innovation investigates Seattle’s role as a nexus of big ideas and new directions.

MOHAI is respected nationally and treasured locally as a dynamic, innovative museum where historical exploration inspires people to create a better future for themselves and their communities.

Hours

Daily, 10 am–5 pm
First Thursday of the month, 10 am–8 pm

Closed November 3, 2017, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Closes at 2 pm on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31

Location

Admission

MOHAI Members
Free
Adult
$19.95
Senior
$15.95
Ages 62 and over
Students and Military
$13.95
With Student or Military ID
Youth
Free
Ages 14 and under. Must be accompanied by a chaperone, maximum 5 youth admitted per chaperone
Groups (10 or more)
Special Rates
TeenTix Participants
$5
Museums for All
$2
With EBT Card
First Thursdays of each Month
Free (permanent exhibits)
Edible City admission: $12 Adult, $10 Student / Senior / Military

Contact

Visitor Services: information@mohai.org
Phone: 206 324 1126
Contact

Directions and Parking

Here’s how to get to MOHAI by car, public transit, bike, or even by boat.

By Car

From I-5

Take Exit 167 at Mercer St. Take an immediate right onto Fairview Ave. N. Turn left onto Valley St. and then turn right into Lake Union Park.

From Downtown

Follow 4th Ave. N. Take a right at Virginia St. Take a left at Westlake Ave. N and proceed north for about 1 mile. Turn right onto Valley St. and then left into Lake Union Park.

Public Parking

MOHAI validates parking at the AGC Building Parking Lot on Westlake Ave N for $5/10 hours.

There are also several private and city-owned parking lots nearby MOHAI. See the map below for parking suggestions.

Accessible parking and drop-off for visitors with special needs is available at the museum. Please also note, the walking bridge between Westlake Ave and Lake Union Park is currently closed for maintenance by Seattle Parks and Recreation. View Accessibility below for additional information

By Public Transit

Public transportation is a great and easy way to get to MOHAI.

Public Bus

Route 40: Westlake Ave N & Mercer St Stop

RapidRide C: Westlake Ave N & Mercer St Stop

Streetcar

The South Lake Union Streetcar runs every 15 minutes from Westlake Center Park in Downtown Seattle and drops off directly at Lake Union Park. View South Lake Union Streetcar schedule.

By Bike

Protected bike lanes line Westlake Ave N and offer a beautiful ride along Lake Union to MOHAI.

There is a Pronto Bike Station in Lake Union Park, as well as several bike parking racks.

By Boat

Daily boat moorage is available on the north and east sides of the park. Contact the Center for Wooden Boats for rates and availability.

Bus Drop-off and Parking

Buses should load and unload at the Seattle City Parking Lot on Valley St. (adjacent to the Streetcar stop, south of the Lake Union Park, and 600 feet from MOHAI).

Directions to MOHAI

From I-5

Take Exit 167 at Mercer St. Take an immediate right onto Fairview Ave. N. Turn left onto Valley St. and then turn right into Lake Union Park. Turn left into the parking lot (before the gate) to drop passengers off. Exit the parking lot through the western driveway.

From Downtown

Follow 4th Ave. N. Take a right at Virginia St. Take a left at Westlake Ave. N and proceed north for about 1 mile. Turn right onto Valley St. and then left into Lake Union Park. Turn left into the parking lot (before the gate) to drop passengers off. Exit the parking lot through the western driveway.

Bus Parking

The closest designated bus parking area is at the Seattle Center. See Seattle Center’s bus parking information for details.

Directions to Seattle Center Bus Parking

Go south on Terry Ave. and turn right onto Mercer St. Follow Mercer St. and merge onto Broad St.; go under SR-99. Turn left on 5th Ave. Go two blocks and turn left at Republican St. Designated curb parking is labeled around the corner on 4th Ave.

Accessibility

MOHAI is committed to accessibility for all visitors. Here are accessibility considerations when visiting MOHAI.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking and drop-off for visitors with special needs is available at the museum. For access, pull up to the gate at the Valley St. entrance to Lake Union Park and follow the instructions located on the call box. Please note, vehicles longer than 25 feet are not allowed past the gate and should unload in the Lake Union Park South Lot.

Accessible Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are available on the first and second floors.

Assistive Listening Devices

MOHAI has a limited number of FM system and neck loop assistive listening devices available for public programs and events in the Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium, Microsoft Lakefront Pavilion, and Norcliffe Foundation Conference Rooms. They are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A driver’s license or membership card is required to check them out. Please contact the Public Programs Department to reserve an assistive listening device.

Audio Guides

Audio guides are available, and can be accessed via cell phones. Ask staff at the Admission Desk for details about specific, thematic tours.

Getting to MOHAI

The walking bridge between Westlake Ave and Lake Union Park is currently closed for maintenance by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Visitors who park in the Westlake city parking or the AGC lot will need to walk to the southern-most end of Lake Union and through the park (approximately 0.4 miles).

Wheelchair Information

MOHAI is wheelchair and electric mobility device accessible and has an elevator to all galleries.

Two manual wheelchairs and two walkers are available to check out at the Admission Desk. They are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A driver’s license or membership card is required to check them out.

Museums for All

MOHAI, in partnership with Museums for All, has reduced the cost of admission for low-income individuals and families so all people can access the museum. Show an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card at the Admission Desk to receive this reduced admission for up to four adults.

Hotel Partners

Visiting from out of town? Stay with one of the MOHAI hotel partners, each nearby the museum and Lake Union Park.

Mayflower Park Hotel

The Mayflower Park Hotel is in the heart of downtown Seattle, and offers a special Hooked on History Package (available April 1, 2017, through December 30, 2017) that includes tickets to MOHAI. Built in 1927, the classic Mayflower Park Hotel has been lovingly restored creating an inviting European elegance to this historic hotel.

 


Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union

Located down just a few blocks from MOHAI, the Residence Inn is one of the premier extended-stay hotels in downtown Seattle. Accommodations include free wifi, a pool, fitness center, and complimentary hot breakfast.

Learn more

Visitor Tips

Here are some tips for having a great visit to MOHAI.

Re-entry

Same day re-entry to the museum allowed with receipt of admissions purchase.

Food and Drink

For the safety of our artifacts, food and drinks are not allowed inside the museum galleries. Visitors may eat in the Microsoft Lakefront Pavillion, or stop by the museum’s South Lake Café for delicious snacks and beverages.

Restrooms

MOHAI offers multi-stall men’s and women’s restrooms on the first floor, which are both equipped with changing tables. There are also 2 single-stall, all-gender restrooms on the second floor, as well as in the South Lake Café.

Photography

Photography for personal, non-commercial purposes is allowed at MOHAI. Please refrain from using a flash as it can potentially damage artifacts. Tripods and other equipment that can impede visitor movement through the galleries are not allowed.

Be sure to share pictures and tag MOHAI using #mohai or #edibleMOHAI!

Commercial photography is allowed on a case by case basis. Contact the Marketing Department for additional information.

Leave at Home

To ensure that everyone’s visit is fun and enjoyable, MOHAI requests that you leave the following items at home when planning your visit: gum, large bags, non-service animals, and firearms. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact us.

Lockers and Personal Item Storage

Lockers are available for secure storage of personal items. Locker keys may be checked out at the Admission Desk in exchange for a driver’s license or membership card. Visitors may carry small bags and backpacks into the galleries; however, please inquire about locked storage for larger items.

Coat Check

A self-service coat rack is available for visitors and is located on the museum’s first floor. MOHAI is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Strollers

Stroller parking is available on the first floor of the museum. Ask staff at the Admission Desk for directions to that area.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is located at the Admission Desk. Call 206 324 1126 for questions related to lost items after a visit. Items are held for two weeks.

Wifi

MOHAI is happy to offer free wifi to all patrons. Connect to the MOHAI Public network and accept the terms and conditions to get access to wifi.

Information for You

For Individuals

MOHAI has fun events and experiences for all people, no matter the age.

Gallery and Audio Guides

Grab a Gallery Guide at the Admission Desk for information to help delve into history. Audio Guides for permanent and select special exhibits are available in both English and Spanish; use phones to get access. Ask about available guides at the Admissions Desk.

Events and Programs

Wonder what lies beneath Pike Place Market, or about Seattle’s unique fashion sense? MOHAI has many events and programs that delve into Puget Sound’s past, current issues, and the future of the region.

See what’s coming up at MOHAI in the Events Calendar.

Membership

MOHAI members gain access to vital museum programming throughout the year. Edible City: A Delicious Journey has many programs with exclusive member discounts that examine the culinary culture of Puget Sound. MOHAI members are also cultural advocates and make the community stronger by sharing their knowledge of history.

For Families

MOHAI has fun programs for even the littlest learners!

Membership

MOHAI members make lasting memories. There is something for Dual | Family members of all ages to enjoy at the museum. Visit often with unlimited admission for 2 adults for one year. Bring friends with three one-time use guest passes. Dual | Family membership includes Family Membership and savings in the South Lake Café, and MOHAI Store, photo archive orders, AND youth 17 and under visit for free with this special offering that has fun and savings in mind.

Join as a Dual | Family Member

Kids and Family Events

See what’s coming up at MOHAI for kids and families in the Events Calendar.

Family Visiting Tips

MOHAI has many family-friendly activities and exhibits for all ages of visitors. These tips help families have the best visit possible.

  • There are many interactive elements to the exhibits. Push buttons, help build a railroad, test things out, and most importantly, have fun!
  • Experiment with Exploration and Innovation Packs for activities to help explore MOHAI with. Exploration Packs are best suited to kids ages 3-7, and Innovation Packs are best for kids ages 6-10; both can be checked out at the Admission Desk. Learn more about Exploration and Innovation Packs
  • Strollers are allowed at MOHAI, and stroller parking is available on the first floor underneath the stairs. MOHAI is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.
  • Restrooms are available on the first and second floors. Changing tables are available in both first floor restrooms.
  • Water fountains are located on the first and second floors next the restrooms.
  • While food and beverages are not allowed inside the museum, visitors are welcome to bring food to eat in the Lakefront Pavilion. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, snacks and meals are available for purchase at the South Lake Café.
  • Kids 14 and under are always free!

Exploration and Innovation Packs

Use Exploration and Innovation Packs to trek through MOHAI and investigate history in new ways. Exploration Packs are best suited to kids ages 3-7, and Innovation Packs are best for kids ages 6-10. Packs are free and can be checked out at the Admission Desk with a driver’s license or membership card.

Learn more

Maker Days

Come to MOHAI’s monthly Maker Day to tinker, create, and experiment alongside some of Seattle’s most innovative makers.

Learn more

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For Teens

Teens are welcome at MOHAI! Check out the special events and programs the museum has for teens.

Teen Events

See what’s coming up at MOHAI for teens in the Events Calendar.

Reduced Prices with TeenTix

MOHAI is a proud partner of TeenTix. Teens aged 13-19 can sign up for a free pass to get $5 admission to MOHAI and other local museums and arts performances.

Sign up for Teen Tix

MOHAI Youth Advisors (MYA)

MYA is a place for high school students to investigate, explore, and be empowered to create a more teen-friendly museum while giving back to the community.

Learn more about MYA

Youth Empowerment Day

Calling all future leaders! Be a part of the annual Youth Empowerment Day. During this day-long event, teens will have the opportunity to work alongside local nonprofit leaders to deepen their knowledge of issues affecting their local peers and gain hands-on experience making an impact in their own communities.

Learn more

Scribes Writing Camp

Scribes Writing Camp is an opportunity for middle- and high-school students to engage intensely with creative writing, and develop their craft.

Group Visits and Tours

Special admission rates are available for adult groups visiting MOHAI.

Adult groups can see permanent and special exhibits with self-guided activities and uniquely themed tours led by MOHAI educators, and with a special admission discount.

See what’s coming up at MOHAI in the Events Calendar.

Visit MOHAI with a group

Field Trips

There are many options for visiting MOHAI for students at every grade level.

MOHAI’s wide range of hands-on, educational programs make local history come alive for students at every grade level. Field trips use authentic, historic materials to promote teamwork, creativity, communication, visual literacy, critical thinking, observation, and problem solving skills.

Learn more about field trips

Events and Programs

See what events and ongoing programs are coming up at MOHAI. Learn about the history and culture of the Puget Sound region in new and interesting ways.

Photo: Barbie Hull

Private Events

Celebrate among Seattle’s culture and heritage. Private event and function spaces at MOHAI are full of charm and character while simultaneously providing the necessary amenities for any function.

MOHAI’s historic home at the Naval Reserve Building offers an event space like no other. Whether planning business meetings, intimate receptions, or elaborate galas, MOHAI can meet event rental needs all with a stunning backdrop.