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  New Museum of History and Industry in Renovation
by glabah

Unfortunately I can not tell you much about this building in the South Lake Union area of Seattle. It was built during World War II and served as a US Navy Reserve and Armory building for many years. By the time it closed in 1998, the building had served many years, with Coast Guard, US Navy and Royal Canadian Navy vessels having spent time moored on the lake right at the structure.

According to the signs, "In 2011, Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will open the doors to an exciting new history museum housed in the Armory building." When this building opens, the Museum of History and Industry, which for many years has been on a hidden dead-end street south of the University of Washington, will move to a new home here.

On my October 7, 2011 visit this structure was still undergoing renovation, though it appeared to be fairly close to completion. However, several boats moored at the building were on display, with one of them available to the public and even serving as the Farm Boat Market on Thursdays.

On a future visit to Seattle I will explore this "exciting new museum" but it has to be open to the public first!

According to the "History is Moving" web site (below) the museum actually plans to make the move sometime in 2012. Apparently the interpretive signs at the museum building and its nearby display boats were made before the fund raising was completed.

Address: South End of Lake Union near Mercer
Directions: Directly west of Center for Wooden Boats. Parking in area is problematic. Use bus routes #70 or #17 to get here, or South Lake Union Streetcar.
Website: http://www.historyismoving.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2011
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