How do you move a four-ton street clock?

Aug 9, 2012

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is in the process of moving from Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood to the Armory building in South Lake Union.

MOHAI has been around for nearly 60 years, and some people call it “Seattle’s attic.” It has a huge collection of historical objects from the Puget Sound region.

The museum has transported over 50,000 pieces already, and not all of them fit inside a box.

Here are just a few of the things they've moved:

- The first commercial Boeing airplane ever built

- A 5,000-pound fire bell

- Horseless carriages

- World War II memorabilia

- A 1970 Dodge Challenger

KPLU's Lindsay Lowe stopped by MOHAI the day they moved Carroll's Clock. It's a 22-foot-high, four-ton street clock that used to stand in front of Carroll's Fine Jewelry on 4th and Pike.

It took a team of movers, a huge crane, and the better part of one day to lift the clock from its base and place it carefully on a flatbed truck.

You can see Carroll’s Clock at MOHAI’s new location at the Armory when it opens in December. In the mean time, check out the photo gallery above and listen to KPLU's audio postcard from the move.

Also, check out this time-lapse video of MOHAI moving their exhibits into the Armory (and watch for the Boeing plane to appear near the end).