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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  • The kids did not want to leave. I wish we had skipped the cotton candy vendor on the way in, as the sugar crash put a bit of a cramp in our lazy, peaceful day. Tons of cool things thought and lots to ...  more »
  • We were with three very young kids and when we decided to go I was not a very enthusiast. I had to change my opinion. We had a great afternoon. Visit the IMAX and the butterflies house. Spend time at ...  more »
  • My son and I really enjoyed our time here. The butterflies were cool to see. There are some fun interactive exhibits. You don't need to be a kid to enjoy this place! Very busy by 11:00 am so I would g...  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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