MOHAI Reopening

This weekend's MOHAI Reopening celebrates its $60 million renovation and move to the 70-year-old Naval Reserve Armory, whose central atrium now features an enormous new dangling wooden sculpture, Wawona (made from the timbers of the old schooner) by John Grade. New silo-like structures house high-tech interpretive stations; MOHAI has finally entered the computer era—thanks in part to a gift from its neighbor, Jeff Bezos. The atrium looks to be an excellent party rental space (along with the rooftop deck); and the new Compass Café should also draw Amazon workers who want to stare at the boats bobbing outside. The permanent collection, artifacts from our civic and maritime history, sits in galleries on four levels ringing the atrium, linked by a handsome staircase. Additional new exhibits showcase video games (!), Seattle's history at the movies, and a youth poetry/photography curriculum. Food and music are also part of the weekend festivities; and January 3 will introduce the museum's Free First Thursdays program—another excellent chance to check out the new digs. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2012

 
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