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Pacific Science Center

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200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 443-2001



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  • Last updated Oct-25-09

    Pacific Science Center is a not-for-profit science foundation serving one million people a year in every county of Washington state, inspiring a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.

    A Brief History

    Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center will celebrate making science fun for 50 years.

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    KatM says (Mar-23-09)

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    The Pacific Science Center is a wonderful hands-on museum that the whole family will enjoy. There's something for everyone at the Science Center, though in particular, there's a lot of stuff here for older kids, age 10 and up.

    Lots of unique exhibits and cool displays. One of the best Science Centers that I've been to on the West Coast and a definite must-visit for any out of town visitors with kids.

    There are also special events, which locals will be interested in. Check the website for the current events.

    The facility also has an Imax theater and a laser show, which are extra, but worth it if you haven't been to one before. There are multiple buildings to cover so plan on spending at least 4 hours or so here to get the most out of the museum.

    Love the butterfly exhibit in particular. A sunny, glass enclosed room makes you feel like you're somewhere way far away from the rainy, Pacific Northwest. Sometimes I come just to sit in this enclosure and get my fill of "sunshine" during the long winter months.

    It's a short walk away from the food court at Seattle Center, so you can get your hand stamped, have a quick lunch, and then return to explore to your heart's content.

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    Jewels says (Mar-20-09)

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    We LOVE the Science Center. We figured out early on that it costs the same for us to buy an annual family pass (which comes with passes for some friends and passes to the Imax theater) as it costs to get our family in for one day. The family pass doesn't include special exhibits, but then neither does a regular one-day admission. There's enough to do inside that a family pass wouldn't be a waste even if it cost more than admission. It isn't just for kids, but there is even a place for the little kids to play.

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    Preschool Trip to the Moon

    A seat token is required for entry. Tokens are free, and can be picked up in front of the planetarium any time after Pacific Science Center opens on the day of the show.
    Especially for preschoolers and their families.
    This show is an opportunity for children ages 2-5 to be introduced to the wonders of astronomy within the structure of a developmentally appropriate planetarium experience. Children will interact with the sky in the planetarium through dance, song and storytelling.

    This show is an age-appropriate mix of observing the night sky, a puppet story, and a dance party--on the Moon! We aim the show at preschoolers, but there are no age-restrictions on this show.

    The Sky Tonight

    • Dates:Ongoing
    • Time: 12:30pm – 1:10pm
    • Ages:Appropriate for adults and children grades 2 and up
    • Cost:Ticket required. FREE tickets for Pacific Science Center members
    • Website:http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org

    Sky Tonight is always our best show for any age above 6, visitors will practice describing and recognizing the objects and motions of the night sky and learning to use a starmap. Feature content is chosen at staff discretion, focusing on news, new science and NASA discoveries. See today's show schedule to see if the show has a special feature focus.

    (Appropriate for adults and children grades 2 and up. Children under 4 years are not admitted to this show. Ticket required. FREE tickets for Pacific Science Center members.)

    Gravity and Black Holes

    • Dates:Ongoing
    • Time:Times Vary, see website for time schedule
    • Ages:Recommended for ages 7 and up
    • Cost:Ticket required: FREE tickets for Pacific Science Center members.
    • Website:http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org

    Gravity and Black Holes is all about NASA’s cutting-edge investigations into the still unsolved mysteries involving gravity and black holes, as well as NASA’s recently launched NuSTAR mission to bring the high energy universe into focus.

    Planetarium Show

    Add a Planetarium ticket to your Pacific Science Center experience for just $3. Members receive complimentary Planetarium tickets. Get your tickets at our box office upon arrival or at the Information Desk in Building 1 during your visit.

    Please note - Children under 4 years are not admitted to the planetarium, except for Preschool Shows. There is no late seating. Tickets for planetarium shows require an accompanying General Admission ticket and are subject to availability.

    Live Science Stage

    Live Science Shows present science to the public with all the grandeur of tricks, theatrics, and wonder Pacific Science Center is known for. A variety of shows are presented daily on the Building One Live Science Stage that are sure to enlighten and entertain people of all ages.

    Each day's show titles and times are posted onsite at the stage and around the facility in the bright blue LIVE PRESENTATIONS signs.

    New to our programming are Live Demonstrations. These happen in a variety of locations throughout the museum. These straightforward presentations focus in on one central science topic. Audiences can experience science experimentation while interacting with the demonstrator, who explains the topic for the group.

    Show schedule subject to change without notice.

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