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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  • This is very hands-on. A wonderful place for kids of all ages; mine was 16. Give yourself a few hours to go through the entire center.  more »
  • We were lucky to stumble on two guys giving away vouchers for 50% off admission about 2 hours before the museum closing time. It still gave us enough time to appreciate what this museum has to offer w...  more »
  • We spent the morning at Space Needle and the Glass Garden. Then decided to spend the afternoon at the pacific science center. Arrived around 12:30pm and stayed until 4pm. We did all 4 buildings, but h...  more »
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  • Huge hands on Science Center! Great Outdoor water park type of play area that the kids can shoot at Targets with the water guns. Balancing bicycle that you can ride on outside gives an amazing photo opportunity and a little excitement. So much to do here as well as taking a break at the outdoor picnic tables if you bring your own meal. Hands-On tide pool to see ocean life. Clean large restrooms and plenty of water fountains throughout the center. Lots of places to sit and watch your little ones have fun. We have been here four times now over the last 10 years and we always have an amazing time. :-)
  • For the price and size of the facility, you'd think there would be more to do. We easily saw the entire place within a few hours with my toddler. He was entertained the entire time by all of the hands-on activities, but as an adult I was left feeling like there ought to have been more. The most recent time we went the dinosaurs were in serious need of repair (being held together with black duct tape). With as much as we pay for tickets, in hoping some of it will soon go back into fixing those poor dinosaurs!
  • For the price there wasn't a lot to look at and some of the exhibits were greatly outdated with some not working at all. They have updated some of the exhibits but still have a bit to go. If you're a family living in Seattle with young children it's something fun to do. However, as a traveller and having visited other amazing Science Museums, this one just didn't cut it.
  • Plenty of fun for all ages at the science center. We love the butterfly room! The toddler area is quite large and the littlest ones will enjoy all of the play options available. See an IMAX, laser show, or planetarium display. Touch some sea life in the tide pool. So many interesting things to see and do!
  • We really enjoyed our visit to this science center. There was a lot that our almost two year old enjoyed, but he especially loved the “tots only” space. It had a place for building with large blocks, water play, musical instruments, a “helicopter”, and more. The tinker room was very fun too, but may be better for older kiddos.
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