SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's Museum of History and Industry officially opens Saturday at its new location in the city's booming South Lake Union neighborhood.
The $90 million facility in the refurbished Naval Reserve Armory gives the museum 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and moves it from a largely hidden home in a Montlake park to one of the city's most dynamic neighborhoods.
The museum was established by a nonprofit historic association in 1952.
Opened in the first year of World War II, the armory hosted military training activities on a pier over Lake Union's southern shore. The U.S. Navy transferred ownership of the Naval Reserve Armory to the city of Seattle in 2000.
In 2009, the city reached an agreement with the museum to relocate it.
Some familiar pieces will be on display in the new museum, which features four towers of artifacts circling an atrium: the red neon Rainier Beer "R'' and the 1919 Boeing B-1 floatplane that carried airmail between Seattle and Victoria.