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Museum of History and Industry
Better known as MOHAI, this collection dives deep into local history, from the region's maritime history to its tradition of technological innovation. Highlights include Boeing's first commercial plane, the 1856 Petticoat Flag sewn by women during the Battle of Seattle, and the original Rainier Brewing Company neon R sign. Behind the stunning building—overlooking Lake Union—bob National Historic Landmark vessels: most notably the star of the 1934 MGM movie Tugboat Annie and the 1921 Virginia V, a steamer that opens its decks for balls, excursions, and trivia nights. The Center for Wooden Boats has displays and rents vessels on the neighboring docks (cwb.org).
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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Take a Walk Through Seattle's History
Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry moved to swanky new digs on Lake Union in 2013, making it a must-see for local history enthusiasts. The permanent collection includes an interactive historical narrative of Seattle with plenty of art and artifacts that bring the past to life, an exhibit on maritime Seattle, and the Bezos Center for Innovation, celebrating Washington’s tech innovators and inventors. Highlights of the permanent collection include Boeing's first commercial plane, the tiny 1919 Boeing B-1; the “Petticoat Flag,” an 1856 American flag sewn by women during the Battle of Seattle; and the Rainier Brewing Company's iconic 12-foot tall neon "R" sign. Behind the building, several historic ferry boats and tugboats are permanently moored; you can board the Arthur Foss and discover what working life was like for its crew. The Center for Wooden Boats is also next door, with sailboats, kayaks, and canoes that can be rented by the hour. Admission is free on First Thursdays.
By Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert