Pacific Science Center, Seattle

3.8
#1 of 19 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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  • Many people visit the Pacific Science Center and the adjacent Seattle Center, during peak season when the sun is out. MIss the crowds and take family and friends to one of the ongoing exhibits, a spec...  more »
  • Take a picnic lunch to eat under the iconic arches. And check out the butterfly house. It's a great day out for the kids.  more »
  • I recently spent an evening at the PSC, the exhibits were interesting and informative. The staff was beyond helpful. Wow, what great attitudes. The whole experience was one I will remember and be remi...  more »
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  • The place is great and full of information, with fun things to do and see. The location is also optimal for visiting the Space Needle and have a quick bite to eat. The problem that I have with the museum is that the price is too much. You should save your money and go to another that costs less. You will get more for your money.
  • By far the best science museum I've been to. Tons of hands on activities. We (16 and 26) thoroughly enjoyed it and it also would have been fun/age appropriate for younger kids too. Overall it has something for people of any age.
  • So much fun for the whole family. Interactive exhibits were well planned and fun. Informative staff interacted with the kids at their age level.
  • Parking was full when we arrived so we had to park in one of the adjacent garages. The line was very long and they only had two windows open at the time. I HIGHLY recommend going to the Denny St entrance. Much quicker. Used our military discount for admission. The exhibits were very kid friendly and there were plenty interactive ones to keep the little ones entertained. If you're going for general admission, I would recommended children under 10 would find this most interesting. Obviously, my favorite exhibit was the butterfly house
  • The general exhibits are all VERY kid oriented, age ranges 5-9 I would estimate. We came for the terracotta warriors exhibit and expected something more all-ages, such as the Smithsonian or Houston natural history Museum, but that is definitely not the case. Some of the exhibits are very dated, but if you're a 5 year old kid, you probably wouldn't care... For the size of the place the ticket is a bit pricey - I've taken my nieces to larger and more up to date science museums for much cheaper. The architecture is cool retro-futuristic and historic, it gets some really well done temporary exhibitions, but if you're an adult just skip the gen admin ticket and stick to the exhibitions.

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