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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2021
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
media@mohai.org
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

MOHAI Reopening

March 1, 2021

Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) reopenS on Friday, APRIL 2 with safety precautions in place

Plan a visit soon and remember that all visitors need a ticket!

SEATTLE – Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will reopen to the public on April 2 with modified operations, elevated safety procedures, and the opening of Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project, a major exhibit exploring the power of self-government.

 

Beginning Friday April 2, MOHAI will offer a safe and welcoming environment for visitors with new health and safety protocols in line with CDC, Washington State, and Seattle guidelines. To better serve the community the Museum will be open Thursday through Monday, 10 am to 5 pm. Timed-entry admission tickets are required, and all visitors will be required to wear a mask when inside the building. Weekly programs and special events will continue to be held virtually for the time being and information may be found on the Museum’s website at mohai.org

 

“We are happy to reopen and welcome visitors back to the museum with new, enhanced health and

safety protocols to protect our guests and staff,” said Leonard Garfield, MOHAI’s Executive Director. “MOHAI’s reopening includes a major new exhibit and offers opportunities for visitors to safely explore the Museum, learn about our region’s history and engage with each other; something that is very needed in this moment.”

 

Upon reopening, MOHAI will implement the policies below to ensure the safety of staff and visitors:

 

  • All admission tickets must be booked online with timed entry to enable contactless admissions on site and robust pre-visit communications about health and safety protocols.

 

  • Public visitation will be limited to 25% of the Museum’s total capacity.

 

  • Face masks are required for all visitors over the age of two. If you forgot your mask, limited masks are available onsite, and locally made masks are available to purchase in the MOHAI Mercantile.

 

  • To protect visitor and staff health, there will be no bag or coat check services. Limited lockers are available to store items and will be sanitized between uses. Please reserve a locker at the Museum admissions desk.

 

  • Social distancing will be enforced within the Museum through signage and staff messaging. Hygiene stations with hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the Museum for visitor use, with frequent cleaning and sanitization of public spaces.

 

  • The MOHAI Mercantile will be open during Museum hours Thursday through Monday. Locally made facemasks and prepackaged snacks and beverages are available.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT

Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project

April 2 – July 5, 2021

Following an election year like no other, Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project is an exploration of the power of self-government, engaging visitors in experiences that encourage them to take action now to create the change they want to see.

 

Shaped by the evolving story of democracy in our region, and drawing on MOHAI’s extensive collection of historic artifacts, images and oral histories, Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project highlights how direct participation sustains, expands, and reimagines a government of, by, and for the people. The exhibit includes rare artifacts from Seattle’s history of democracy, personal stories of democracy in action, and interactive experiences that put the power of democracy directly in the hands of visitors.

 

Elements of Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project exhibit were originally developed to compliment the exhibit American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, developed by the National Museum of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). MOHAI would like to thank SITES for its support.

 

Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project is presented by The Boeing Company. Additional generous support provided by Laird Norton Wealth Management, Maureen Frisch, The Estate of Patricia Denny, Office of Arts and Culture (Seattle), 4Culture, RealNetworks Foundation, and MOHAI Exhibits Fund. Media support provided by KCTS9 and Crosscut.

 

Special thanks to the following Stand Up Seattle community partners: Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Converge Media, and University of Washington Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest.

 

Up-to-date information about Stand Up Seattle and related programming can be found in the MOHAI online calendar at mohai.org, on Facebook or by calling (206) 324-1126.

 

DIGITAL INITIATIVES

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MOHAI launched History at Home a new hub for online experiences, presented to find fun and unique ways to explore history at home with your friends, family, and the young people in your life. Highlights of History at Home content include homeschool tools focusing on MOHAI’s artifacts and crafts and storytime suggestions; MOHAI Youth Advisors (MYA) Spotlight with special guest TK, one of the hosts of the Museum’s popular and award-winning Rainy-Day History podcast; MOHAI on Demand featuring MOHAI’s popular programs including Community Conversations, History Café, and more! MOHAI Collection Close-Up: A Day in the Life of Washington explores how everyday ordinary moments have important historical significance in this amazing photograph collection; exciting digital content and live online events presented on an ongoing basis.

ABOUT MOHAIMOHAI 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 mohai.org, or call (206) 324-1126. Facebook: facebook.com/seattlehistory Twitter: @MOHAI.

 

Hours: Beginning April 2 MOHAI is open 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday through Monday. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Admission: $22 for adults; $18 for senior citizens ages 65 and over; $17 for students and military; free for youth (ages 14 and under, accompanied by a chaperone, maximum five youth admitted per chaperone), and MOHAI members.

Address: MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Ave. in Seattle. Please visit MOHAI.org for directions.

Information: For general inquiries, call (206) 324-1126 or visit https://mohai.org/visit/#plan-a-visit.

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