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November 1, 2019
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

Holiday Release 2019

November 1, 2019


Greet the Season on Nov. 30 with MOHAI and enjoy innovative galleries and hands-on activities with family and friends this holiday

SEATTLE, WA – Throughout the holiday season, Seattle’s 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 Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, and special events including Greet the Season on Nov. 30, a trip to the museum is a festive 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.

Sari Stories

Sunday, Nov 10, 1–3 pm and

Sunday, Dec 15, 1–3 pm

Included with Admission

(Free for members)

What stories are woven into the fabric of a sari? Hear a selection of personal tales told by a group of Indian women about their saris, followed by a sari draping demonstration. Wear your own sari and enter a drawing for a special prize! Presented in collaboration with the India Association of Western Washington.

MOHAI Mercantile x Seattle Children’s Redmond Bargain Boutique

Sari Pop-Up Shop

Sunday, Nov 10, 1–3 pm and

Sunday, Dec 15, 1–3 pm

During Sari Stories, MOHAI Mercantile will host a sari pop-up shop featuring a curated collection of new and gently used family treasures, heirlooms, and acquisitions. One hundred percent of net proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s and the uncompensated care fund. Reception sponsored by India Association of Western Washington.

Beyond Bollywood: A Night of Music & Dance

Tuesday, Nov 12, 7–9 pm

$10 General Public/$5 MOHAI Members

Celebrate the landmark exhibit Beyond Bollywood: India Americans Shape the Nation with this special evening of music and dance, featuring local performers from Pratidhwani. Guests of all ages are invited to experience these performances of both contemporary and traditional Indian music and dance.

Greet the Season

November 30, 10 am – 8 pm

Included with Admission

(Free for members)

Kick off the holiday season at Lake Union Park with MOHAI. Enjoy a special showing of unique miniature model trains all weekend (November 29-December 1), courtesy of the 4th division, Pacific Northwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association. Get in the holiday spirit with a fun train-related scavenger hunt. Join us for a special holiday event at the MOHAI Mercantile. Participate in family friendly activities throughout the park all day, including the Center for Wooden Boats and the Historic Ships Wharf.

Museum Store Sunday

December 1, 10 am – 5 pm

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.

Meet the Filmmakers: Vellai Pookal Screening & Director’s Chat

Tuesday, Dec 3, 6:30–9 pm

$15 General Public/$10 MOHAI Members

Vellai Pookal is a Tamil language movie thriller based on the story of Rhudhran, a retired Indian police officer who travels to the USA to meet his son and fatefully finds himself caught in a web of disappearance, death, and deceit. Follow Rudhran through his experiences in the Pacific Northwest as he unravels the mystery of the kidnappings in his neighborhood. Enjoy complimentary popcorn during the movie and stay for the Director’s Chat with filmmakers including Director and Scriptwriter Vivek Elangovan. Arrive early for a bite to eat at the MOHAI Café before the program (film presented with English subtitles).

Free First Thursday

December 5, 10 am – 8 pm

On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI’s permanent exhibits is free all day. Be sure to check out the free events in Lake Union Park.

Dancing Peacock Puppet Theater

Saturday, Dec 21, 2–3 pm

Included with Admission

(Free for members)

The Dancing Peacock Puppet Company, a part of the Love to Share Foundation of America, uses traditional string puppetry to narrate stories from East Indian timeless classics. Wooden string puppets dressed in bright colors perform amidst wonderful props and backgrounds, accentuated by traditional music in between scenes.

A Celebration of South Asian Resilience

Saturday, Jan 11, 12 – 4:30 pm

Included with Admission

Free for members

Many South Asian communities share an ability to survive and thrive despite mental health struggles related to experiences of migration, discrimination, oppression, and isolation. Celebrate these acts of resilience with an afternoon of food, events, and resources. This program is produced in partnership with Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Afsaana Dance, India Association of Western Washington, Tasveer, and Trikone Northwest.


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

MOHAI Mercantile

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’s easy to find the right gift at the MOHAI Store.


Whether visiting the museum or strolling around Lake Union Park, the MOHAI Café is a great place to stop in for a bite alongside the beautiful backdrop of the Virginia V, historic ships wharf, and all of the activity around Lake Union.

Focusing on local ingredients and a memorable experience, the MOHAI 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. 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 Thursdays.


MOHAI is an affordable way to share the rewards of cultural enrichment and reflection with your family and friends. Current admission prices are: $21.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors (62 and above); $16.95 for students and military (with ID); free for children 14 and under (when accompanied by an adult), MOHAI members and First Thursdays (admission rates may apply for special exhibits). As part of the Museums For All program, low-income families can visit MOHAI for a minimal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. For more information, call (206) 324-1126.


Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

November 2, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, explores the rich heritage and diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans in the United States. From the builders of some of America’s earliest railroads and farms, to civil rights pioneers, to digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. Making its Northwest premier at MOHAI, Beyond Bollywood uses photography, artifacts, and audio stories to tell a uniquely American story. The exhibition was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and is presented in Seattle by MOHAI.



November 23, 2019-January 26, 2020

Tickets for Mont-Saint-Michel will be available for purchase soon

MOHAI joins Microsoft and the Musée des Plans-Reliefs in Paris to present the first-ever North American display of the historic 17th century model of the landmark Mont-Saint-Michel. This world treasure has been digitally preserved and will be brought to life through the latest innovation across Microsoft’s artificial intelligence and mixed platforms.

MOHAI visitors will not only enjoy the beauty of the physical model, but using Microsoft HoloLens 2, will find themselves on the island, inside the cathedral, and with breathtaking up-close views of its Gothic design. It is a special opportunity to enjoy world heritage and experience Seattle-based innovation.


MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information about MOHAI, please visit or call (206) 324-1126.

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