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October 1, 2018
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

MOHAI Announces Special Holiday Events and More This Season

October 1, 2018

Greet the Season on Nov. 24 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 WW1 America, and special events including Greet the Season on Nov. 24, a trip to the museum is a great way to spend the holidays.

Special Events

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.

November 1, 10 am – 8 pm

Free First Thursday: Day of the Dead: Hosting the Underworld

Celebrate Day of the Dead as we explore the ingredients that bring it all together! From masa and sugar to tamales and candy skulls, enjoy hands-on food demonstrations and tastings that showcase this celebration’s agricultural history. Arrive early for story time and stay late for live performances of traditional dance. Bring mementos of your loved ones to add to the community altar. Generous support provided by the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle.

01 de noviembre, 10 am – 8 pm

Primer Jueves Gratis: Día de los Muertos : Invitando al Inframundo

¡Celebremos el Día de los Muertos explorando los ingredientes que unen a todos en esta tradición! Desde masa y azúcar hasta tamales y calaveritas, disfruta de demostraciones en vivo y prueba los sabores que muestran la historia agrícola de esta celebración. Llega temprano para escuchar al cuenta cuentos y quédate tarde para disfrutar la danza. Trae recuerdos de tus seres queridos para añadir al altar comunitario. Este evento es patrocinado por el Consulado de México en Seattle.

November 10 – 12 10 am – 5 pm

Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration Weekend

Free admission for veterans and active duty military all weekend

As we approach Thanksgiving, take time to thank the men and women of our armed forces, past and present during this important long Veterans Day weekend at MOHAI. Observe Armistice Day with programs on Saturday and Sunday highlighting the region’s commemoration of the end of the Great War 100 years ago. Visit the museum on Monday (Veterans Day) at the museum and experience the War to End all Wars with the WW1 America exhibit.

November 10, 7:30 – 9 pm

New World Order: The Geopolitics of Disruption and Change

$15 MOHAI members / $25 General

Moderated by journalist and television personality Enrique Cerna, this panel discussion explores lessons from WW1 that shed light on today’s changing geopolitical dynamics. Join us as we engage in this timely conversation with key thought leaders including, Rear Admiral Bill Center (USN, ret.) and U.S. Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer (Army, ret.). Presented by Laird Norton Wealth Management with generous support from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

November 11, 10:30 am

Special Armistice Day Ceremony

Boeing Centennial Terrace (outside the museum)

Special ceremony featuring Rear Admiral Bill Center (USN ret.) commemorating the centennial of Armistice Day. The historic Great Seattle Fire bell will ring, joining Bells of Peace across the nation, honoring the sacrifices who served and the peace that they helped secure.

11:30 am – 5 pm

Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium

Included with museum admission

Celebrate this important day with music, crafts and special events. Learn about the significance of the Great War and Armistice Day through presentations by Veterans for Peace and historian Bill Woodward.

November 12, 10 am – 5 pm

Armistice Day (observed)

Included with museum admission

Spend Monday (Veterans Day) at the museum and experience the War to End all Wars with the WW1 America exhibit, featuring how this tumultuous conflict transformed Seattle, the country, and the world. Making its West Coast debut at MOHAI, the exhibit tells the extraordinary stories of Americans—both the legendary and the unsung—during this turbulent time.

November 24, 10 am – 8 pm

Greet the Season

Kick off the holiday season at Lake Union Park with MOHAI. Enjoy a special showing of model trains, courtesy of the 4th division, Pacific Northwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association. Join us for a special holiday sale event at the MOHAI Store, Nov. 24-25 with regularly priced merchandise discounted 20% for MOHAI members and up to 40% off select items storewide for all shoppers. In the evening learn about the true story of the World War I Christmas Truce. End the day with musical accompaniment and viewing of the Argosy Christmas Ship™. Participate in family friendly activities throughout the park all day, including the Center for Wooden Boats and the Historic Ships Wharf. Generous support provided by Amazon.

November 25, 10 am – 5 pm

Museum Store Sunday

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.

November 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

ENGAGE: The Art of Protest

Free for MOHAI members / $10 General

Since 2016, many Americans have participated in protests for the first time. Learn about our region’s rich history of protest art while producing your own artistic resistance. Enjoy snacks, discussion, and fun while learning how to directly impact democracy.

On the fourth Tuesday of the month, learn more about the city we call home and how our civic past shapes our present. Meet new people and gain the tools to create change from some of our region’s most inspiring leaders.

December 4, 7 – 8:30 pm

Dissent: Patriotism or Treason?

$5 MOHAI members / $10 General

Can the act of thinking be made a crime? According to local radical Louise Olivereau, the Espionage Act of 1917 did just that. Olivereau opposed U.S. involvement in World War I and encouraged men to refuse to fight. This act of dissent led to her conviction under the Espionage Act. The right to dissent is seen by some as an act of treason, and by others as an act of patriotism. Join civil liberties experts and historian, Lorraine McConaghy to explore patriotism, pacifism, and the limits of free speech. Begin the evening with a special performance of WW1 music performed by a quartet from Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers. Performance starts at 6:30 pm.

December 7, 10 am – 8 pm

Free First Thursday

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.

Give the Gift of History

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.


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.

South Lake Café

Located in MOHAI’s northwest corner, the 700 square foot café boasts stunning views of Lake Union and across Lake Union Park to the Space Needle. Focusing on local ingredients and a memorable experience, the 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. South Lake Café is catered by eatdrink with Eric Bauer. MOHAI members receive a 10% discount.

Holiday Hours

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: $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors (62 and above); $13.95 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.

Featured Exhibit

WW1 America

Through February 10, 2019

Empires were destroyed, millions perished, and the world was upended by a war meant to end all others. Making its West Coast debut at MOHAI WW1 America tells the story of one of history’s most remarkable moments.

Developed by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, WW1 America illustrates how the past can help us understand our nation and our world today.

The rapid growth of our industrial economy, the militarization of the Puget Sound, the rise of the women’s movement, the battle over civil rights, the specter of anti-immigrant paranoia, the devastating public health challenges of the Spanish flu, and the post-war labor struggles that culminated in the Seattle General Strike of 1919 are all examined in this exhibit.

Upcoming Exhibit

Seattle Style: Fashion/Function

May 4 – October 14, 2019

What Seattleites wear-past and present—reveals something captivating about the city. This and more will be unveiled in Seattle Style: Fashion/Function, the most significant exhibit to date featuring Pacific Northwest regional style and the most prominent showcasing of MOHAI’s immensely popular clothing collection.

Rarely-seen garments and accessories from MOHAI’s collection will showcase the complex history of clothing in Seattle, including its innovations, its influence, and its connections to the broader fashion world, as well as the continuing impact of local stores, companies, and designers.


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.

Image Captions: Photos courtesy of MOHAI

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