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Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(3.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Conceived and built as one of the centerpieces of the 1962 World's Fair, Pacific Science Center stands as one of Seattle's primary attractions. Though its physical appearance, replete with distinctive arches, is a mainstay of the city's central area, the museum's displays draw many visitors every year. You can see everything from animatronic dinosaurs and gigantic insects to ocean ecosystems and a colony of naked mole rats. Visit the planetarium, interact with butterflies in the butterfly house, or catch a special documentary or presentation on one of the center's IMAX movie screens. Kids can learn a great deal about the natural world through many hands-on experiments and labs. Make Pacific Science Center a part of your Seattle vacation plans using our Seattle itinerary planner.
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  • My son went on a field trip here last year and has been bugging us ever since to go as a family. Finally did it a few weeks ago and I can see why he wanted to come back. Certain parts of the Center ar...  more »
  • Some of the exhibits -- such as the insects and reptiles exhibits -- feel more like pet stores than biologically supervised exhibits. The butterfly house is wonderful however. The planetarium is very ...  more »
  • Great day out for kids. I buy membership. Go a few times and you get your money's worth. You also get a lot of extras with membership. 
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  • We've been members here for quite a while. My son never tires of going here! We had a successful birthday party for a reasonable price. I really appreciate them caring about accessibility for people with disabilities as well. Definitely go for a membership to make it affordable for your family! It pays for itself rather quickly.
  • I wish I'd done more research before we went here the first time. You need to plan to go early. You can spend all day here and have fun. There's stuff for people of all ages. There's even a IMAX theater here. Lots of fun science related things. There's a museum. They have lots of presentations and exhibits. It's definitely an attraction all it's own. Space, animals, insects, just all kinds of things.
  • Super place for family education and fun! Good to have membership here. IMAX, Planetarium, new exhibitions, inside playground for kids, various science sections - I always can find something new and creative! Really complex things can be shown in the simple visual models. Pacific science center encourages scientists inside ourselfs! Highly recommended for all ages!
  • This museum is very cool, so many interactive exhibits and very interesting things to learn. It is great for kids, but we also really had a great time as well and we LOVED the latest Sherlock Holmes exhibit. If you can, go and check it out before it finishes, it was soooo much fun and a really great interactive experience!
  • It was just OK. Was greatly lacking in interesting exhibits and there was an odd urine like smell in exhibit hall 2. The Butterfly exhibit was pretty cool. We saw the Secret Oceans 3D show. Both my wife and teens to enjoy documentaries but this one was pretty stale. I found the Imax movie area to be incredibly small in regards to both the screen and the seating area.