Pacific Science Center is an independent, non-profit science center in Seattle with a mission to ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking. Pacific Science Center serves more than 1 million people each year at its campus adjacent to Seattle Center, at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, Washington, and in communities and classrooms across the state of Washington.
Pacific Science Center sits on 7.1 acres (29,000 m2) of land at the southwest corner of Seattle Center. A satellite campus, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, is a collaboration between Pacific Science Center and the City of Bellevue, Washington with educational programming for all ages about environmental stewardship, wetland ecology and nature awareness. Pacific Science Center also offers year-round youth, teen, family and adult programs, including summer camps in various Puget Sound locations, science-themed 21+ events and research weekends.
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|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
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Laura Musikanski | Feb 28, 2018
Always a great place to spend an hour or a day when it’s raining. Every exhibit is packed with information so you can spend your entire time in any one. The staff are super friendly and very informative. Find one to hang with and you will be surprised what you learn My favorite: the butterfly museum. Sit quietly and wait for a miracle.
Min Kwon | Jan 31, 2018
Really nice place to take your kids. The yearly membership has some benefits. It has a play area for toddlers, small touchable pool that has hermit crabs and sea anemone. As well as the planetarium that explains about stars and moon, decent size of dinosaur exhibits that moves little bit. My 4 and 2 years old toddlers had so much fun for 4 hours and still wanted to play more. Take your kids here and they will love it.
William Crump | Feb 19, 2018
I recently spent an evening at the PSC, the exhibits were interesting and informative. The staff was beyond helpful. Wow, what great attitudes. The whole experience was one I will remember and be reminded to go and spend more time there. If you are in Seattle don't pass on a visit there.
Randy Lau | Feb 20, 2018
Great place to take the kids, but it's basically the same as when I was a kid so the exhibits are becoming really dated. The kids will still have a great time though and it's a place to take the kids when you can't be outside. Butterfly room is still a favorite.
kannan sadasivam | Feb 18, 2018
Easily a whole day activity. If you love science this is an awesome place. Kids would love the place. There is an area that let's kids play with puzzles and circuits etc. There is a 4 d theatre and an imax theatre here.
Amanda Lynn | Mar 6, 2018
Ive been coming here since I was a little girl and have now been able to bring my small niece, and its just as magical as ever. Not only are there plenty of things to see and touch, there are wonderful shows with FANTASTIC staff. My niece loved the pre-school planetarium show with Dr Sean! Also, the physics of bubbles presentation with Miss Laura-Grace and her assistant Marissa was educational and exciting! All staff members were so enthusiastic and it really added to our experience. Lots of fun for all ages. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a good time downtown.
Rachel Bryan | Apr 1, 2018
My kids thought this was the best stop on the trip. From an adult perspective it was good but probably over priced. Buy tickets early if planning to visit. They were sold out of everything but general admission tickets. The butterfly exhibit is hands down one of the best I've been to. Make sure to stop by and check it out.
Ugotme3 nonya | Apr 4, 2018
I would give more stars but it was overpriced, and some of the staff were pretty rude. Including yelling at the children over and over again for "not following directions" when they were indeed trying to follow such directions, and at a different exhibit my nieces got yelled at by a different employee, when I was right there telling her to stop. I don't need people to yell at my nieces when I'm already instructing them to follow the rules. Sadly I do not have the employees names. Other than that the experience was fine.
Mari Ito | May 7, 2018
There is so much stuff for kids to do here and some of it is quite educational. We only had a couple of hours to spare so we didn't get a chance to explore the entire place... But our 4 and 5 year old boys didn't want to leave. If you want to see the entire place, you'll want to dedicate at least 3-4 hours (perhaps more) to really see the whole place. They have a nutrition center/cafeteria type thing (for kids) where you semi-digitally make meal plans and it gives tips on how you can improve the meal plan. Even though it was for the kids, as an adult, I found it quite entertaining. My son also got to touch a real sheep brain (with gloves of course) as well as a real starfish. It's the main things he remembers from the place.
Jennifer Mckell | May 6, 2018
The actual science center is great fun for all ages! There is a little creative kids play area for the younger ones. The science presentations that they occasionally do are lots of fun. I think the butterfly house is super super neat. The IMAX theater is also really amazing!
Shasta Lacher | May 6, 2018
My husband and I just visited for the first time and we both had a lot of fun. Everything is so educational and interactive. The staff was helpful. They have a really cool corn snake named Tillamook. My favorite parts were the naked mole rats and the butterfly enclosure.
Jeevan Bisht | May 1, 2018
Great place to be with the kids. Ensure you arrive early, that give enough time to explore things for the kids. IMAX is definitely something to experience here, there are two options like a documentary and the actual feature presentation.(movies). If you are with the kids make sure you stock up on the snacks, very limited options inside. Great discounts if you are using seattle city pass . There are parking options around the venue as well. If you have small children they can first hand they visit the butterfly garden. Touch and pet star fish and many more fun activities.
Nicole Johnson | May 31, 2018
It was fun, although it felt a bit limited and certainly geared towards a much younger audience. The science center doesn't seem to have any particular theme, with exhibits varying significantly from dinosaurs to virtual reality, and even a butterfly garden. As a first time visitor it was a fun and somewhat educational experience, however I doubt I would go more than once as it just feels a bit lacking for an older audience. It was enjoyable regardless, just not something worth more than a single visit for the one-time experience. There are some on-site demonstrations performed by employees, but these were geared primarily towards elementary aged kids. Overall there was a lack of employees and several exhibits were fairly static. Still, it certainly seemed as though it would be a wonderful place to bring younger kids. At the time of my visit the outside water fountains were also turned off due to maintenance.
Jen Havener | May 29, 2018
We love it here! Good for kids 2 and up. Very engaging exhibits and a killer toddler section (water table and drum room!) Older kids will love the science shows, planetarium and butterfly house. We have a membership, and if you're local you'll want one, too. We go at least once a month, but pack a lunch or plan to eat at the taco place at the armory, the on-site Cafe is straight-up awful.
Gustavo Audelo | May 13, 2018
Great place to spend time. You learn a lot from everything you see. Lots activities and a few shows. This and the museum of modern pop and the space needle are all in the same place just have to walk from one side to the other of the square. Get the city pass. Cheaper than each individual one.
Cliff Ansteth | May 16, 2018
This place has been a staple to child education and entertainment in the NW since I can remember. I had a field trip here back in the early 90's and have loved it ever since. I have taken my kids here since they were babies. The butterfly exhibit is the best. But my favorite is still the animatronic dinosaurs. Tons of stuff to interact with. The parking garage can be tricky in a larger vehicle though.
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