After a fantastic kick-off event welcoming us to Seattle the previous evening, the AFAR Experiences group began a super-charged day 2 at the amazing MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) before it opened. Having an entire museum to yourself is a gift, a rare one indeed.
Prior to letting us loose in the museum, we learned a little more about Seattle's incredible history (I might be a little impartial as I love the Pacific Northwest) from Executive Director Leonard Garfield as well as other members of the MOHAI team.
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Leonard was joined by Margaret O'Mara for an insightful discussion on the intersection of cities, technology, and innovation. Being a former Silicon Valley native she definitely has a breadth of knowledge.
I was also so pleased to hear from David Harris from the AFAR Foundation on his work with Seattle-area youth and the success their program has had so far. It is a project I am passionate about, I donate to it every month and I love hearing about the results of all the good work I know this foundation produces.
We were let loose into the museum and I began exploring. I was fascinated by many of the displays and there were many many corners that I did not get to. I was completely unaware of this museum before and the next trip that Mr. Misadventures and I take up to Seattle, I will dedicate a good chunk of time to visiting again.
It is a beautiful space, with open architecture and interesting installations. A fun spot for capturing photos (which are allowed!) you can even tweet to light up a display (of course I did it!). As you can see from the photo above, there is a little bit of everything! In the bottom corner, I captured several of the AFAR team posing.
It was a total bonus to meet so many members of the AFAR team. It is a company that I adore and meeting the people behind the scenes was rewarding, they are a great group of people, passionate about travel, food, discovery, and my tribe! [Disclosure, I am an AFAR Ambassador and Local Expert, so I am enthusiastic about everything they do, however, I paid for my own trip and all opinions about it are my own.]
The MOHAI is open daily from 10-5. I recommend that you give yourself at least half a day, there is so much to see. It is great for kids too.
How about you? Have you been to the MOHAI? Did you have a favorite part? If not, what is your favorite museum?