Pacific Science Center, Seattle

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. Plan your Pacific Science Center visit and explore what else you can see and do in Seattle using our Seattle online travel planner .
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  • Lots to do inside, even more if you’re not an adult! Plenty of hands on / interactive attractions. The creepy crawlies, butterfly garden and naked mole rats were a highlight. I’d recommend taking in a...  more »
  • This museum is amazing! We spent the whole day there. Everything is interactive and our kids LOVED it. Highly recommended.  more »
  • Had high hopes for a good experience with our 10 year old. In general there was less to interact with or engage him than other science museums we have been to. Older exhibits and not too interesting o...  more »
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  • Ive been coming here since I was a little girl and have now been able to bring my small niece, and its just as magical as ever. Not only are there plenty of things to see and touch, there are wonderful shows with FANTASTIC staff. My niece loved the pre-school planetarium show with Dr Sean! Also, the physics of bubbles presentation with Miss Laura-Grace and her assistant Marissa was educational and exciting! All staff members were so enthusiastic and it really added to our experience. Lots of fun for all ages. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a good time downtown.
  • Always a great place to spend an hour or a day when it’s raining. Every exhibit is packed with information so you can spend your entire time in any one. The staff are super friendly and very informative. Find one to hang with and you will be surprised what you learn My favorite: the butterfly museum. Sit quietly and wait for a miracle.
  • My kids thought this was the best stop on the trip. From an adult perspective it was good but probably over priced. Buy tickets early if planning to visit. They were sold out of everything but general admission tickets. The butterfly exhibit is hands down one of the best I've been to. Make sure to stop by and check it out.
  • Really nice place to take your kids. The yearly membership has some benefits. It has a play area for toddlers, small touchable pool that has hermit crabs and sea anemone. As well as the planetarium that explains about stars and moon, decent size of dinosaur exhibits that moves little bit. My 4 and 2 years old toddlers had so much fun for 4 hours and still wanted to play more. Take your kids here and they will love it.
  • Iconic Seattle stop. Lots here for family and kids. Always changing and intriguing. Great tourist and family activity day stop. Not a lot of food options so eat before you go it have plans after. A+
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