"We have the means and talent to make the city we want in our own time".
This quote by civic activist Jim Ellis concisely captures the theme that underlies MOHAI’s premier core exhibit. By sharing stories from our past, MOHAI helps make sense of the present, and ultimately inspires decisions that help lead to a better future. True Northwest: The Seattle Journey explores some of the trials and tribulations of Seattle on its long and bumpy journey from wilderness to world city.
Visitors stroll through twenty five different "snapshots" of the city through the years, each with a unique display of artifacts, images, and multimedia. Interspersed througout the exhibit are one-of-a-kind interactive experiences, such as the Great Fire Theater and the Canwell Trials reenactment, that let visitors truly immerse themselves in the lives and stories of our past. The Joshua Green Foundation Theater helps contextualize the exhibit through a seven minute multimedia presentation on Seattle's cultural place in the region, the country, and the world.