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. 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, 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, 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?