Seattle debuts new MOHAI Museum // (c) 2012 MOHAI
From housing naval reserves in World War II to becoming the home of nearly four million historic artifacts and photographs, the Naval Reserve Armory at Lake Union Park provides a fitting home for the new location of Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), opening on Dec. 29, 2012.
The Armory, originally built in 1942, was given a makeover by MOHAI with a full restoration of seismic, safety and technological upgrades, while still preserving many of the building’s unique Art Deco-style features. The new space allows MOHAI to serve far greater audiences than its previous location, assume a central place in the region’s civic landscape and engage thousands of visitors and students in imaginative encounters with history.
Four inaugural exhibits are helping to kick off the museum's opening, including an expansive core display following the history of the Seattle region from wilderness to world city. Other inaugural exhibits cover the Puget Sound’s maritime history, Seattle’s history with film and a collection of poems and photos produced by Seattle high school students.