Museum of History and Industry
Hidden away on the south side of Union Bay and just across the Montlake Bridge from University of Washington, Museum of History and Industry (2700 24th Ave. E, 206/324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, $8 adults, $7 seniors, students, and military, $6 ages 5–17, and free for kids under 5, free to all on Tuesday) is Seattle’s finest historical museum and a great place for kids.
The Museum of History and Industry’s primary exhibit focuses on Seattle’s 150-plus years of history through artifacts, photos, and interactive displays. A noisy and fun exhibit on salmon fishing includes historical photos, a climb-aboard fishing boat, an "iron chink," and a hilarious "industrial fish."
Other ongoing exhibits include a walk-through 1880s Seattle street, displays on the great Seattle fire of 1889, and ornately carved figureheads from old sailing vessels. Additional exhibits change periodically.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition