The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI for short) is a good place to begin to understand why Seattle has a long record of innovation. Trace the origins of human settlement on the Pacific Rim, from Native Americans to miners, loggers and merchants. Learn the stories of Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon. See why, from music to video games, the Puget Sound region is in the vanguard for so many fields.
Be sure to check out the orientation film in “True Northwest: The Seattle Journey.” Temporary exhibits are especially strong. (“It’s Raining Cats & Dogs” puts pets in the spotlight through May 2018.) An onsite cafe has views of South Lake Union, with outdoor seating in warm weather.
MOHAI is an easy ride from downtown Seattle via the South Lake Union streetcar. Or walk there via Westlake Avenue for a peek at the many blocks of “Amazontown.” The online retail giant dominates this part of the city. Detour a block off Westlake at 7th Avenue for a look at the company’s new biospheres complex.