Pacific Science Center

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Pacific Science Center
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Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We are premiering an exciting new exhibition HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever opening on November 1. Other areas of our facility are not open to the public for general admission as we plan a renewal. However, we are continuing to find innovative ways to serve the community. Learn more and buy tickets at pacsci.org.
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2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Magnolia / Queen Anne
How to get there
  • Seattle Center • 4 min walk
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Gailsadie
Sarasota, FL33 contributions
Great for all family member
Dec 2019
Excellent hands on for children. 3D movies r amazing.education programs n experiences for all. Cafe is nice.
Written September 20, 2020
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Melanie T
New York City, NY4,259 contributions
Not worth it unless you have little kids
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you have a partner who loves science, you’re bound to visit some science centers whenever you travel. We’ve been to our fair share. Some have been amazing, and some have been duds. Unfortunately, this one was a dud.

It is very specifically science activities meant for kids. They have live butterfly exhibit, where you go into a little sanctuary and some are flying around you, so that wasn’t bad. The only thing that was pretty cool was the laser show. For matinees, it’s $5 but since we bought the museum and show tickets online beforehand, we got jipped and paid $10 (on top of the museum admission, which isn’t cheap at $26 a pop). The laser show features a different artist’s music for each show, synced up to lasers. The one we saw was for the Beatles. They didn’t play most of the popular songs, but it was still fun. Just make sure you arrive 15 minutes prior to the show to get seats.

If I lived in the area, I would probably go from time to time just for the laser shows. But otherwise, this ‘’museum” was very underwhelming. Unless you have little kids, you can skip this.
Written March 4, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed our laser shows and butterfly house but sorry you did not enjoy your overall experience. Did you get a chance to check out our 4th Dimension space? We offer several virtual reality experiences that are enjoyable for older kids and adults alike, including Expedition Titan, a walkthrough experience of Saturn's largest moon. Please give us a call at 206-443-2844 or reach out to me personally at egroth@pacsci.org; we would love to follow up and discuss your visit with you further. Thanks for visiting! Sincerely, Erik Groth | Guest Services Team Pacific Science Center
Written March 6, 2020
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maryellenbradley
Olympia, WA228 contributions
So Much to Do
Jul 2019
It is expecially nice to take your children or grandchildren to the Science Center. They have so much to see and do and many of the exhibits are interactive. Adults can also learn a lot by visiting.
Written February 21, 2020
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Thank you for visiting Pacific Science Center and taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you enjoy visiting here with your family. If you are local to Seattle and see yourself visiting more than two times a year, I would recommend looking into our membership offerings to gain general admission access for a whole year as well as several additional benefits and passes. Thank you again for your review, we hope to see you again in the future. Ben Cossum | Guest Services Team Pacific Science Center
Written February 23, 2020
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,170 contributions
Science Center
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is strictly for small kids. Lot of activities and interactions. Was expecting more material for adults.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thanks for visiting Pacific Science Center. We are glad to hear your overall experience was a positive one, but are sorry to hear the exhibits did not live up to expectations. Did you get a chance to check out Expedition Titan in our 4th Dimension space? We also offer a tropical butterfly house with over 25 species of butterflies that the whole family can enjoy. Feel free to reach out to me personally at egroth@pacsci.org or call us at 206-443-2844 if you have any further comments or concerns. Thanks for your feedback! Erik Groth | Guest Services Team Pacific Science Center
Written February 20, 2020
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Bogdan09
Brasov, Romania803 contributions
Meh
Feb 2020 • Solo
Not worth it for grown ups. Nothing really to see and I got the Seattle pass.. but it was a mistake, because it was a waste of time.
Written February 15, 2020
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Thank you for visiting Pacific Science Center and taking the time to write your review. We strive to develop exhibits that inspire guests of all ages to experiment and learn more about the world around them, we're sorry to hear we did not achieve this in your eyes. Did you happen to visit our Planetarium during your visit, or see a documentary film? Our newest documentary Dinosaurs of Antarctica seems to be a hit with guests of all ages. Be sure to ask our team for recommendations next time you make it to Seattle so we can assure your visit is everything you expected. Thank you again for your feedback. Ben Cossum | Guest Services Team Pacific Science Center
Written February 18, 2020
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TravelTips
Seattle, WA6 contributions
"Amazing exhibits and interesting topics!"
Sep 2019
There is tons of exhibits and things to see and do. The staff were kind and I really enjoyed the butterfly house. I loved going here and my parents also did. Strongly recommend to anyone.
Written January 23, 2020
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Thank you for visiting PacSci and sharing your feedback. We're glad you hear you had a nice time in the butterfly house - its the perfect place to warm up on a gray Seattle day. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Jenae Spader | Guest Services Team Pacific Science Center
Written January 25, 2020
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,004 contributions
Accessibility and General Facility Concerns
Jan 2020 • Solo
As part of a package for attractions in the Seattle Center, I took full advantage of my ticket and visited the Pacific Science Center for a portion of the afternoon. Let me begin by complimenting the overall atmosphere/appearance: the grounds are beautiful. Vibrant water and fountains pave the way for pathways across almost like a “courtyard” or plaza, from which folks can access various entrances to the museum. The museum is separated into four different sections, often quite physically separated from one another, requiring visitors to either take elevators up to a higher level or traverse the outdoor plaza area to access an area. In sunny, warm days, spending time outside along the water would be very enjoyable.

At least in my case, this design arrangement didn’t work in my favor. Accessible amenities for wheelchairs may have been present and/or adequate, but they were very poorly marked. Additionally, signage in general was not impressive. I first wandered into a kids’ play area, thinking it would lead to actual museum exhibits—and it actually did, but I couldn’t find my way there easily. I exited this area and made my way across the plaza, only to determine an accessible entrance behind an old, tiny door with lacking signage.

Continuing the accessibility discussion, one set of doors to access the fourth building (with a few exhibits and the theater/event space) was essentially broken. There was no accessible button to press, the doors were heavy and easily got stuck between each other, and the overall look of them was very worn. A paper sign posted beside them stated that their problems were going to be fixed, which I can only hope is true. And beyond that, even to access THOSE doors, you have to figure out where an elevator is to reach the platform you must take—the plaza is like doubly-stacked with a walkway level you must reach to walk into at least one building of the museum. Mobility tools are simply not well-marked. I had trouble.

As far as the museum content itself, I want to highlight substantial positive comments as well as my negative ones. Families with all ages of kids will likely be able to spend some quality time interacting with the exhibits. It isn’t devoid of worthy activities. Many events, most of them interactive and hands-on, are held for kids and their families to be educated about animals, chemistry, earth science, etc etc. Casual demonstrations/shows meant for kids are regularly offered free of charge, at least three of which I heard announced when I was there. This type of experience is well-offered. However, for teens or older adults who may be on their own or expecting sights geared for “serious” learning, the museum will not cater to that well. From my observations throughout the museum sections, the exhibits as an entire museum collection are not as vast or involved as others I have seen. The Pacific Science Center is not necessarily small, but I came in with an assumption the activities would range a bit further than they did—I guess I’m saying that I had a tricky time piquing my interest throughout my visit. I would suggest physically adding maybe one or two more exhibits, as well as modifying exhibits to better attract both kids and adults. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are both museums that succeed with this; it can be done.

One more note: for parents of children, I would advise that as serene as the water on the center grounds is, I kept imagining kids falling in accidentally—there were no guardrails or preventative tools to keep little bodies from splashing in! Ha. I’m sure the water isn’t deep, but still, it might be wise to place your eyes on your young ones!

All in all, due to some significant accessibility issues and a lack of appeal to me, I would not recommend the Pacific Science Center to my readers or my family/friends. That being said, I DO want to revisit if or when there is a remodel—perhaps it could improve then. If you have a ticket giving you access to all the Seattle Center attractions (like I had), it wouldn’t be the end of the world to stop in...just not as the sole activity you do.

Nonetheless though, I will be on the lookout for news of any improvements that might be made in the future, and then I’ll consider checking it out again.

Written January 10, 2020
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Ben, Thank you for visiting Pacific Science Center and sharing your thoughtful feedback with us. We are sorry that you did not thoroughly enjoy your visit. We absolutely agree with you that accessibility for all our guests is fundamental and we apologize that we did not deliver on this critical element. Our constant goal is to provide the best experiences possible and we’re grateful for the detail that you have provided. This level of feedback enables our team to better understand our space from the perspective of our guests. I wanted to specifically address several of your recommendations on how to increase the ease of navigation across our campus. Access for all is a priority. Working in and with a historical landmark creates operational challenges, but we are continually looking for ways to improve accessibility. We are updating signage, including in many of the areas you mentioned. Thank you for specifically addressing the broken door. We were aware of that. It took time to source a replacement hinge due to the historical landmark status of our outdoor courtyard. That door has been repaired. Our mission is to ignite curiosity in all of our visitors of every age, every day. Productive reviews such as yours help us to do that. We are always working on improvements to our floor experiences, updating and making wholesale change when funding becomes available. As a nonprofit, we are dependent on the generosity of others to help provide an excellent guest experience. We will be sure to share updates as we make improvements to our spaces and we appreciate your willingness to return in the future. The best way we can continue to learn and improve is through the eyes of our guests and we welcome any other notes you would like to share. Please reach out to me directly at president@pacsci.org. Sincerely Will Daugherty President & CEO Pacific Science Center
Written January 14, 2020
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Rachel H
Oberaurach1 contribution
Good but..
Jan 2020 • Family
The PSC is pretty great overall, a-lot of engaging exhibits for children. We came for the young children’s Planetarium show and it was not as I expected. The story telling and engagement were fine, but I expected more use of the Planetarium’s visual effects since that’s the part we came for that you can’t get elsewhere. There were also too few step stools for toddlers to engage on higher exhibits. The most frustrating part was waiting in line with people who needed tickets when we had pre-purchased tickets. An attendant was monitoring the line already and could have checked our Tickets and sent us in, relieving some of the stress on the cashiers and making our pre-purchase worthwhile.
Written January 2, 2020
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Rachel, Thank you for visiting Pacific Science Center. We are sorry your experience was not what you expected. We appreciate your feedback concerning step stools and will take this into consideration. We would love to follow up with you about your experience; please give us a call at 206-443-2844 or e-mail me directly at egroth@pacsci.org. Thanks again for your feedback. Sincerely, Erik Groth Admissions Supervisor
Written January 3, 2020
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Bigd S
SeaTac, Washington, United States43 contributions
A great rainy day outing in Seattle
Dec 2019
Decided to Spend a few hours in Seattle. A great choice for the family was the PSC. The little one loved the hands on exhibits,the Dinosaurs and the VR exhibit. If you have been or have not, this is a great way to introduce the kiddos to fun science exhibits and even a I-Max movie. Do not miss the ButterFly House. It is very warm but beautiful and peaceful. Be careful where you step!
Written December 15, 2019
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Thank you for visiting the Science Center and sharing your feedback. It's great to hear your little one had fun visiting the dinosaurs. We hope you come back to visit again soon. During winter break we'll have indoor snowball fights which are a blast for all ages. Best, Jenae Spader | Guest Services Team Pacific Science Center
Written December 17, 2019
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Maureen G
Madison, NY9 contributions
Science to the nth degree
Jan 2019
Tons of things to see and earn about while doing hands on activities. The kids loved it as well as the adults. There is so much to see in the area, right by the water and in walking distance of many other attractiions
Written December 11, 2019
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Thank you for visiting PacSci and sharing your feedback. It's great to hear you had a nice time. During winter break we'll have indoor snowball fights - it should be a great time to bring back the kids! Best, Jenae Spader | Guest Services Team Pacific Science Center
Written December 13, 2019
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