Pacific Science Center, Seattle

3.8
#1 of 18 in Childrens Museums in Washington State
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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  • August 14, 2017
    We went to view the China Terracotta Warriors special exhibit. The IMAX movie we saw first was fantastic. It made the warrior exhibit more understandable and interesting. I was disappointed in that ma...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Walking through the butterfly enclosure was a fun experience because before then, I had never had a butterfly land on me. The rest of the Science Center was great and my boys loved it.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    I definitely wanted to see the current Terracotta Warrior exhibit particularly since i do not expect to visit China. The rest of the facility is quite interesting. You must visit the buttery sanctuary...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    Loved the Terracotta Warriors! I'd been wanting to see them for a long time! I wasn't disappointed. The kids really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits! We will have to come back. There's so much to see and do!
  • June 29, 2017
    Very well priced for all the exhibits they had. It's aimed for kiddos aged 4-9, but they have tots area for infants and kids under 3 which looked amazing! Good food at their small cafe. The IMAX was a tad pricey.:)
  • June 21, 2017
    Entry was included in my City Pass (if you haven't heard of the City Pass then definitely look it up - great value). As a person with a huge interest in Science, and having worked in the Scientific industry, I was very excited to see this place as I had heard a lot about it. Sadly, even after all of the fan-fair it is simply a glorified Children's museum. Many of the exhibit's were very "dumbed down" and not really all that informative - mainly directed towards very young children. However on a more positive note, the staff were very friendly and approachable, and the Butterfly house was rather fun. Would recommend to family groups with young kid's.
  • May 13, 2017
    Everytime I come to the Pacific Science Center it's a great day! We've been to see Pompeii, Sherlock, Terracotta Warriors and more. Their displays are always very well done with knowledgeable staff nearby to answer questions. The planetarium is awesome with a wide variety of shows. The Laser Dome is a must! Laser 90s is AWESOME! Love this place, membership paid for itself and beyond!
  • June 28, 2017
    Always a pleasure. Fun, great culture and hands on tinkering for me and kids. Satisfies my sensory needs and my son with asperger. We love it here. A few hours, water, electricity, laughing, learning and we'll worth it!

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