History is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon, which gets you a one-year membership to Seattle's Museum of History and Industry. Choose from three membership options:
- For $30, you get a Bobo's Bunch (family) membership (a $65 value)
- For $25, you get a Slo-Mo-Shun Squad (dual) membership (a $55 value)
- For $20, you get a Bubbleator Operator (individual) membership (a $45 value)
The Museum of History and Industry, one of the largest heritage organizations in Washington, educates visitors with the history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Permanent exhibits trace Seattle's unique history, and the museum frequently hosts traveling displays from national institutions such as the Smithsonian or Library of Congress as they hitchhike across America to find themselves before going to grad school. Current exhibits include a collection of art by beloved children's illustrator Richard Bennett, the glue pot that started the Great Seattle Fire in 1889 by smoking to try and impress the older glue pots, and The Purse and the Person, examining the changing societal roles of women through the contents of the purse, from matrons and flappers through to hippies, housewives, and businesswomen.
As museum members, casual historians will enjoy free access to museum exhibits, invitations to members-only events, discounts on workshops and archived pictures, and more. The Museum of History and Industry's in-depth information on the Puget Sound's past also provides a glimpse into its future, preparing locals for the day Seattle suddenly launches into orbit and assumes its prophesied role as back-up moon.
Frommer's highly recommends the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). The Seattle Post-Intelligencer features MOHAI twice a month in its "Ask MOHAI" column. Yelpers give the museum an average of 4.5 stars: