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Pacific Science Center, Seattle

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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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  • We have enjoyed membership for 20+ years. Our children and grandchildren get to go to all the fist events and have a great time there. Where else can you go on a rainy day and play indoors, watch movi...  more »
  • The current exhibit of Terra Cotta Warriors from China at the Pacific Science Center is excellent in every way. It was an extraordinary opportunity to see these figures in person and the accompanying ...  more »
  • The $15 add on to see the Teracotta Warriors is WELL.WORTH the money & time. Allow 90minutes to see the well thoughtbexhibit. Not too big not too small. Many artifacts and history. I would reccomend a...  more »
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  • Went yesterday to enjoy a first date in the afternoon. We both loved this place growing up so we figured this would be great to visit again. It definitely was fun to walk in the butterfly house and see all the happy families walking around. Meanwhile we also saw one of the laser shows later in the afternoon and the whole thing was just a blast. I hope to visit again soon to see the Terracotta Warrior exhibit coming up this April!
  • Awesome place for kids and grown ups alike. The exhibits are great, informative and very interesting. The best part is the butterfly habitat where you are are put up face to face with nature and butterflies. IMAX is amazing but that would require separate tickets. They also have a number of games to engage the kids and test their IQ. Highly recommended for kids of all ages.
  • It's a joy to watch the movies here. Thundering sound and massive screen. Well spaced seats with ok cushioning which could be better. But I'm not complaining, just because of the sound! Definitely one of the best movie experiences you can have.
  • Very nice place to spend at least half a day. 2 adults and 1 kid costs $51 for visiting most locations (excluding IMAX stuff) There are many interactive demos that will amaze kids and adults alike. I recommend allocating 4-5 hours to see it all without rushing.
  • My sister loves butterflies and so I periodically take her to the Pacific Science Center so she can visit the Butterfly House. It's magical. They literally land on you, so the staff checks each visitor upon departure.