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. 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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  • We love the science center! There are so many types of exhibits that every child will find a favorite. There are hands on exhibits, dinosaurs, live butterflies, local interest areas and interactive co...  more »
  • We purchase the family membership every year. We have been going to Pacific Science Center since my children were little, now they are in their upper 20’s and low 30’s, so we now take our 6 grandkids....  more »
  • There are exhibits for all ages at the Science Center, from the youngest toddlers to seniors. Most of the standard exhibits are geared for the 6 - 12 year old. However, first run IMAX movies and Laser...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.:)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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