Pacific Science Center
Seattle WA 98109
- Mon: 10am-5pm
- Tue: 10am-5pm
- Wed: 10am-5pm
- Thu: 10am-5pm
- Fri: 10am-5pm
- Sat: 10am-6pm
- Sun: 10am-6pm
The Pacific Science Center in Seattle houses dozens of interactive exhibits on science, technology and nature within its five buildings. Beyond the exhibits, which have a family-friendly and educational focus, the non-profit science foundation is also home to two IMAX theaters, a laser dome, a planetarium and a butterfly house, along with a café and a science-themed gift shop.
How to get to Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center is located in the Seattle Center complex. If traveling from I5, take the Mercer St./Seattle Center exit and turn left onto 5th Ave N, then right onto Broad Street. There's a parking garage adjacent to the Science Center; limited street parking is also available. A monorail from downtown (5th Ave. & Pine St.) travels directly to the Seattle Center.
Best and worst time to go to Pacific Science Center
The crowd at the Pacific Science Center is generally manageable at all times. It's slightly busier on the weekends, when you should try to arrive early to avoid ticket lines. Check the center's website for special exhibitions and IMAX show times in advance so you can properly plan out your visit.
Admission to Pacific Science Center
Adult admission is approximately $23; children and senior discounts are offered. There are additional charges for special engagements and IMAX, planetarium and laser dome shows, but combo packages for those at discounted prices are available.
Must see/do at Pacific Science Center
It's always sunny in the 85-degree Tropical Butterfly House, which is home to hundreds of butterflies that flutter right over your head. For something a little cooler, laser light shows in the world's largest domed laser theater feature mind-bending laser imagery accompanied by a live DJ. Themed shows include music by Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, the Beatles and more.
Other places to visit near Pacific Science Center
Seattle's iconic Space Needle is also housed in the Seattle Center complex, along with the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum and the Experience Music Project.
Insider tips for visitors to Pacific Science Center
Don't miss out on the Live Demonstration booths set up alongside many of the exhibits. Museum staff host intimate, hands-on lessons in science, technology and math at these booths that will give your kids an even more interactive experience at an already-interactive venue.
Author's bio: Amy Cassell is a Seattle-based writer and editor. She loves words, travel, music and naps.