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Pacific Science Center

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Address: 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-4895
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+1 206-443-2001
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion...

Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Get hands-on in our Tinker Tank maker space, wander among fluttering tropical butterflies, immerse yourself in a giant-screen IMAX film, explore distant galaxies and meet local scientists and researchers. Don't miss a show in our popular Laser Dome that features a brand new laser system filling the dome with vibrant light and color! Every visit to Pacific Science Center is unique, engaging and fun for adults and children alike.

In addition to our daily live science demonstrations, IMAX films, planetarium and laser shows, we feature traveling exhibits that vary throughout the year. Coming up we'll feature Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor (April 8-September 4, 2017). Discover this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to investigate the scientific underpinnings of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time: the terracotta warriors. Delve into the science and technology of priceless artifacts, behold real figures from the terracotta army and unearth the mystery hidden in the tomb of the First Emperor.

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Fun for the kids

The kids loved this, but they wanted to stay in the play area the whole time. We only got to one building before having to leave. You need a lot of time to see it all and to get... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2015
Josie B
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Grapevine, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2015

There were some good exhibits, but it did seem to appeal more to kids than adults. The dinosaur section was nice (the dinosaurs moved), but it was a small exhibit. The bug exhibit was much better. There were a number of hands-on activitites/challenges in that area as well as some live exhibits, including a bee colony and other live creatures... More 

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Howell, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2015

I feel this museum lacks appeal. It felt like a children's museum rather than a science center. There's not a lot of exhibits and the ones there feel really outdated like the Dinosaur exhibit. Building 4 is labeled "featured exhibit" and when I asked a worker what it was she said there wasn't one..

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2015

We went for an afternoon and only saw a fraction of what there was to see. Great exhibits, good for the whole family. We loved the butterfly exhibit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Definitely geared towards younger individuals! Condition of the exhibits was okay. Only plus was the pretty good IMAX airplane film!

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2015

My wife and I came here while in Seattle for our honeymoon. We had purchased Seattle CityPasses, and admission to the Pacific Science Center was included as an option ... you choose either the Pacific Science Center or the Chihuly Garden and Glass. We ended up going to both, but paid for the Chihuly (which worked out well for us... More 

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2015

Stopped at the Pacific Science Center because it was adjacent to the Space Needle, Chihully Garden, and EMP museum which we visited on one day. Also it has reciprocal membership with our local science museum. It really was geared toward much younger children. We quickly walked through it. Our kids at ages 12 and 15, were too old for the... More 

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Post Falls
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2015

The kids loved this, but they wanted to stay in the play area the whole time. We only got to one building before having to leave. You need a lot of time to see it all and to get your money's worth. If you can manage the time it is worth visiting!

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 28, 2015

Great place to visit some fantastic butterflies with beautiful colours from large to small ones flying all over the place, but you have to be careful where you walk as some land on the pathways as well as on you, you can watch them feeding on the fruit put out for them, when you leave you have to get checked... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed August 26, 2015

The Pacific Science Centre needs to be more honest about the demographic suitable for visiting thie Science Centre. I had expected to learn something, this was a huge dissapointment. This Museum is geared towards young children only and a waste of money for adults without kids.

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Cowichan, BC
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Reviewed August 25, 2015

Lots and lots to do for families. We aren't the type of family who usually checks out every little detail and activity at these types of places, and we were still there for almost four hours. We think that the Pacific Science Center is best enjoyed by children under ten years old. The downside of this place was that, probably... More 

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