Here is what we found:
Hands on almost everything, everything breakable was protected from children.
It was very interactive and interesting.
A lot of things about Salmon.
First a great fishing boat, complete with fishing dress-up gear, jackets and boots, plush salmon, captains wheel, radio, etc. They spent a long time being fishermen.
While the boys were reeling in their catch and weathering hurricanes at sea, I read-up on the adjacent exhibit (housed in the same room)- The Great Seattle Fire. I had heard of a big fire, but I didn't know that Seattle burned to the ground. It was interesting to read through letters and check it all out, all while keeping an eye on the boys. They also got a chance to check things out. One of their favourite things (safely behind glass I might add) was the windows of things recovered from the fire and trying to guess what they were (answers at the bottom of this post, if you'd like to play along). Also, what little boys doesn't like to check out some authentic firemen gear, even if it is from over 100 years ago.
One thing I didn't expect was my six year-olds to be able to play with knives safely and practise butchering salmon. ("Only in Seattle," my friend Jenny said). The knives were anchored and encased in Plexiglas that went through the table. The object of the game was to butcher in time with the factory workers who would do this for 12 hours a day. There were different speeds for apprentise, skilled and expert butchers, you were to slice/push the knives in time with the three flashing lights on the wall in front of you. I thought it was exhausting to keep up, the boys had a great time trying over and over again. (Is this a little gruesome? I'm not sure). Next up in the cannery was a gang knife (the big one below with 10+ blades, then a game where you had to fit pieces of wooden salmon into cans, pretty cool. We had a really great time and spent a few hours there, I would definitely recommend this.
MOHAI is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and till 8 p.m. on 1st Thursday. The museum is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving and closes early at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day opening time is noon.
Admission fees are Adult (ages 18-61) $8, Senior (ages 62+) $7, Student and Military with current ID $7, Youth (ages 5-17) $6, Pre-School (ages 4 and under) Free
First Thursdays Free.
Seattle Fire Answers: Top left (clockwise) Coffee cups stacked, a window, a piece of an electric generator, a chunk of a bell, a stack of saucers.