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