Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History & Industry

Location Seattle, Washington
Design Principal Alan Maskin
Principal Stephen Yamada-Heidner

The Bezos Center for Innovation is an exhibition dedicated to the theme of innovation. The exhibition begins with the question, “What is innovation?” and explores what that means through multimedia, interactive and hands-on experiences as well as artifacts, images and oral histories through the lens of Seattle’s culture of innovation. Located within The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), the mission behind the Bezos Center is to educate visitors about Seattle’s creative history and ignite the innovator within.

The exhibit is designed to address the many different ways that people absorb information. The pairing of digital interactive experiences alongside the more analog mechanical exhibits is very intentional.

Alan Maskin Design Principal

Active participation permeates the Bezos Center experience. The Idea Lab invites visitors to communally identify and solve some of today’s most pressing challenges. In We Shape our City, visitors can take self-portraits in a photo booth and add their faces and ideas to the discussion. Seattle Patent Tree provides a three-dimensional history of the Puget Sound region’s inventive spirit, allowing visitors to take away original concepts of their favorite Made-In-Seattle ideas. Go Big!—a 9’ x 12’ graphic novel—tells the history of Seattle-based organizations through five short stories about connecting, healing, working, shopping and moving, and Launch Pad encourages visitors to engage in an interactive exploration of the skills of innovation as they unleash the innovator within.

Collectively, the exhibit examines themes related to the power of place, common traits of successful innovators, what it takes to fully realize a great idea, and whether all successful innovations yield positive results.

The Idea Lab invites visitors to communally identify and solve some of today’s most pressing challenges in their own creative and innovative ways

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