MOHAI is treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires us to be our best, individually and collectively.
By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of our diverse history, MOHAI highlights our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future.
MOHAI believes that the preservation and exploration of Seattle’s past is essential to making effective decisions for its future. From humble beginnings in 1911, MOHAI has grown into the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington with a collection of over 4 million objects, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past. MOHAI uses these artifacts along with cutting edge, hands-on interactive experiences to make history come alive through the unforgettable stories of the men and women who built Seattle from wilderness to world city. In addition to museum exhibits, MOHAI hosts a variety of award-winning youth and adult public programs and consistently collaborates with community partners on local events and activities. Ultimately MOHAI hopes to connect individuals with our region’s rich history and inspire them to continue to make our home a strong, vibrant, and sustainable place to live. For a full history of MOHAI, read this article from HistoryLink.
- Award of Merit, The American Association of State and Local History
- LEED Platinum Certification, U.S. Green Building Council
- Award for Rehabilitation, Washington State Office of Historic Preservation
- Award of Excellence, Washington Museum Association
- Legacy Award, Association of King County Historical Organizations
- Beth Chave Preservation Award, Historic Seattle
- Community Service Award, American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter