For more than fifty years Wedgwoodians have enjoyed the convenience of being able to visit the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in the nearby Montlake neighborhood, but this year, history is moving.
MOHAI is losing its building due to the proposed widening of SR 520, so MOHAI is now “packing it up.” While visiting the museum you can watch teams at work, cataloging, wrapping and securing artifacts for removal to MOHAI’s new location. The next free First Thursday at MOHAI’s present location (free admission) is on Thursday, May 3rd, 10 AM to 8 PM.
The Montlake museum building will close in June and over the summer some exhibits and activities will be held at Seattle Center. Later in the year (probably November) MOHAI will reopen at its new location: the renovated, historic Naval Reserve Building adjacent to Lake Union Park, at the southernmost point of Lake Union near the Mercer/Fairview interchange.
Lake Union Park is on land deeded by the US Navy to Seattle Parks and Recreation. The park features maritime activities such as a historic ships wharf and boating programs. Adjacent to the park, the 50,000 square foot Armory building will be the new home of MOHAI, greatly expanding the museum’s exhibition space.
For more information on MOHAI, go to their website at: http://www.seattlehistory.org/
For information on activities at Lake Union Park: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/lakeunionpark.htm