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Be Inspired By the Pacific Science Center

Be Inspired By the Pacific Science Center Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives via Wikimedia

Originally designed by Minoru Yamasaki for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, the Pacific Science Center has a well-established reputation for inspiring a lifelong love of math, science, and technology. With an IMAX theater showing the latest in scientific documentary films, permanent exhibits like the tropical butterfly house that always bring a smile, and unique temporary exhibits that focus on everything from photography to espionage, every day is a good day to visit!


Get In Touch With Your Inner Dinosaur at the Pacific Science Center! 

If you've ever wanted to travel back in time to visit the Mesozoic Era, then the Pacific Science Center has the perfect dinosaur exhibit for you! You'll get to meet seven robotic dinosaurs that move and roar just like the real thing... in a replicated Mesozoic environment! See how your feet compare to the giant duckbill dinosaur and before you leave, make sure you take a turn at the controls of the Pneumoferrosaurus to see how the animatronics work.

Other interactive areas, real fossils, and dioramas help to round out a visit to this exhibit at the Center. Then make sure to head on over to the Science of a Sphere exhibit to learn how the atmosphere of our planet works through the use of 3D projection models!

Dinosaur Exhibit

Dinosaur Exhibit                                                                            Photo: Daniel Stockman/Flickr


How Much Does CO2 Affect the Atmosphere?

Did you know that the Space Needle in Seattle has a CO2 sensor placed at its very top? That information helps scientists chart how changing conditions can affect how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. You can see the same real time data that NOAA scientists see at the Pacific Science Center, watching the levels change from morning to evening, spring to fall, or even just from a day-to-day comparison. That's right – YOU get to do the same thing that scientists are doing every day!

Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center at Night                                                                      Photo: Braden/Fickr


Learn About the Future of Health Care Too! 

One of the newest permanent exhibits at the Pacific Science Center is called “The Studio.” The Studio is dedicated to featuring the latest advancements in the field of health care with an emphasis of work happening in the Pacific Northwest. Because advances are always happening within this field, the focus of this exhibit changes every 6 months so that it is almost always up-to-date with the latest research. Visiting this exhibit will inspire you to seek out your own innovations in this health care industry!

The Pacific Science Center has varying hours based on the season, so be aware that it could be closed on Tuesdays and on the weekends during your visit to Seattle. It's $22 for adults to see the exhibits and catch an IMAX film. Youth are $17 and kids 3-5 are $14. You can save $4, however, by just going through the exhibits. Memberships are also available and these allow unlimited free admission throughout the year.

The Pacific Science Center has much to offer... and don't forget to see the laser dome before you leave!


Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. - Closed Tuesdays
Sat, Sun, Holidays - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Address/Map:  200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 443-2001
Website: Plan your visit to the Pacific Science Center
Admission: Adults (16-64): $18 | Seniors: $16 | Youth (6-15): $13 | Child (3-5): $10