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.
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
Here’s how to get to MOHAI by car, public transit, bike, or even by boat.
Lake Union Park is getting a facelift (including improved access and a restored footbridge) and the museum is offering fun and exciting programming to celebrate. For more information about the park restoration project, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation project page.
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.
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.
MOHAI validates parking at the AGC Building Parking Lot for $5/10 hours. The lot is located at 1200 Westlake Ave N.
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
Public transportation is a great and easy way to get to MOHAI.
Route 40: Westlake Ave N & Mercer St Stop
RapidRide C: Westlake Ave N & Mercer St Stop
Route 70: Fairview Ave N & Valley St Stop (Northbound), Fairview Ave N & Aloha St Stop (Southbound)
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.
Protected bike lanes line Westlake Ave N and offer a beautiful ride along Lake Union to MOHAI.
Daily boat moorage is available on the north and east sides of the park. Contact the Center for Wooden Boats for rates and availability.
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).
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.
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.
The closest designated bus parking area is at the Seattle Center. See Seattle Center’s bus parking information for details.
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.
MOHAI is committed to accessibility for all visitors. Here are accessibility considerations when visiting MOHAI.
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 are available on the first and second floors.
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 are available, and can be accessed via cell phones. Ask staff at the Admission Desk for details about specific, thematic tours.
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).
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.
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.
Visiting from out of town? Stay with one of the MOHAI hotel partners, each nearby the museum and Lake Union Park.
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.
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.
Here are some tips for having a great visit to MOHAI.
Don’t miss summer at MOHAI! Lake Union Park is getting a facelift (including improved access and a restored footbridge) and the museum is offering fun and exciting programming to celebrate. For more information about the park restoration project, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation project page.
Same day re-entry to the museum allowed with receipt of admissions purchase.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Stroller parking is available on the first floor of the museum. Ask staff at the Admission Desk for directions to that area.
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.
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.
MOHAI has fun events and experiences for all people, no matter the age.
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.
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.
MOHAI members gain access to vital museum programming throughout the year. Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith offers member savings on enriching programs that closely examine Seattle’s African American community and its important role in our region’s history and culture. MOHAI members are cultural advocates who make our community stronger by engaging in history to inspire a better future.
MOHAI has fun programs for even the littlest learners!
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.
See what’s coming up at MOHAI for kids and families in the Events Calendar.
MOHAI has many family-friendly activities and exhibits for all ages of visitors. These tips help families have the best visit possible.
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.
Come to MOHAI’s monthly Maker Day to tinker, create, and experiment alongside some of Seattle’s most innovative makers.
Teens are welcome at MOHAI! Check out the special events and programs the museum has for teens.
See what’s coming up at MOHAI for teens in the Events Calendar.
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.
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.
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.
Scribes Writing Camp is an opportunity for middle- and high-school students to engage intensely with creative writing, and develop their craft.
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.
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.
Sit and relax at the South Lake Café and then take MOHAI home with locally-made items.
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.