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Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

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Discover for yourself the history and tradition of Seattle and the American Northwest at Museum of History & Industry. Inside the museum you'll find one of the most comprehensive collections of artifacts in the whole region. See the first Boeing commercial plane, take a look through the original World War II submarine periscope, and travel through Seattle's history from the city's beginnings to the modern age. In addition to the permanent displays, which show just a fraction of its collection, the museum regularly sets up themed exhibits (look up the schedule online before you arrive). The museum is easily accessible via public transportation, and there is also designated parking for visitors who arrive by car, as well as the historical wharf for those who prefer to sail in. Find out how to plan Seattle trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • We went with our family. Our grandson 11 enjoyed the museum to a certain extent. Way to many descriptions. However the exhibits were graphically appealing and of interest to the adults as there were.....  more
    We went with our family. Our grandson 11 enjoyed the museum to a certain extent. Way to many descriptions. However the exhibits were graphically appealing and of interest to the adults as there were.....  more »
  • The museum is housed in a beautiful buikding right on Lake Union, a great location to visit. The displays are of high quality, some more interesting than others. I did like the exhibition on the... 
    The museum is housed in a beautiful buikding right on Lake Union, a great location to visit. The displays are of high quality, some more interesting than others. I did like the exhibition on the...  more »
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  • Love this place. Very well done displays, friendly staff and lots of open space to spread out or let the kids run a little bit. The history of Seattle and the northwest is very well documented with pictures and examples. When I was there they had a fantastic Ansel Adams special exhibit that was very well put together. The park area outside surrounding the museum as well as the lake and the center for wooden boats makes for a very enjoyable multi faceted visit.
  • We visited mostly to see the temporary Ansel Adams exhibit but we briefly walked through the rest of the museum. The Ansel Adams exhibit was very well curated. We have seen a few exhibits of his work over time and I think MOHAI had an excellent layout, although we didn't see anything surprising or new. The museum itself gives the impression of being rather sparse, more of a "highlights" museum than a densely packed display of artifacts, but personally I liked the feeling of space and the fact that the museum seemed approachable and not overwhelming. (Still, there is a lot of reading involved.) Kudos to whoever designed the space. The one thing I wish we had was more of a recommended order of viewing, arrows on the floor perhaps? A couple of the exhibits felt tucked into corners and easy to miss.

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