SEATTLE -- The Museum of History and Industry officially debuts its newest addition, the Bezos Innovation Center, to the public Saturday. On Friday KING 5 news took sneak peak into the unique exhibit.
The Innovation Center was supported by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. Nearly 3 year in the making, the $10 million exhibit showcases leading innovators and trailblazers in the greater Seattle area.
"The goal was to make it interactive, and interesting for young people," said Alan Maskin, lead designer and architect with Olson Kundig. "We want to inspire kids to come up with their own innovative ideas and projects."
One section of the exhibit gives kids a chance to write down their ideas and post them. If they like, they can scan the idea into a video screen. The process doesn't end there -- another visitor can look at the idea and make their own changes and suggestions. This shows kids the real process of innovation, how it works by building on ideas.
"We wanted to include the history of innovation, starting with our regions native american past and into the contributions we are seeing today," said Executive Director Leonard Garfield.
In one area, you can find the patent tree. In a circular room the walls boast a history of Seattle and pictures of the innovators who have contributed.
"We also interviewed different leaders, from Dale Chihuly to Jeff Bezos ,and put their thoughts on an interactive screen so people can have access to it," said Garfield.
One of the most visual and fun interactions is with a giant lightbulb, set up in the corner of the exhibit. The light reacts to real time tweets. You are encouraged to tweet your own bright idea at #innovationmohai.
The exhibit can be found on the first floor in the Grand Atrium. Go here if you would like more information on tickets.