Pacific Science Center Exhibits
Portal To Current Research
Get up close and personal with fascinating research happening in our region. We showcase local scientists’ advances in current research through a combination of digital media, graphics, objects and interactive displays and programs. Content and themes will change several times throughout the year. Entry is included with the cost of general admission – FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.
The Studio showcases current health-related research occurring in the Pacific Northwest. The featured theme and content changes every six months, giving guests an opportunity to learn about new advances in health research and the methods, challenges, and opportunities associated with scientific innovation.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness
In the imaginative world of Professor Wellbody, discover how personal choices affect health and wellbeing through inventions and activities that present the lifelong process of balancing exercise, diet, proper rest and hygiene.
Test your reaction time. See how much energy you produce on the Calorie Bicycles. Play games in the Nutrition Cafe and other interactive exhibits. Body Works is all about you.
Just for Tots
An area for the smallest scientists! Experiment with water at the stream table and more.
ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES
Science On a Sphere
This astonishing piece of technology displays dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans and land on an illuminated sphere six ft in diameter.
Just outside the Boeing IMAX Theater, Sonic Bloom is a solar-powered art installation created in collaboration with Seattle City Light. Sonic Bloom is accessible 24 hours a day, no ticket required.
Look for local hummingbirds, butterflies, beetles, and bumblebees while learning about pollination. More than 50 species of Washington-native plants provide food and habitat for pollinators that visit Pacific Science Center’s grounds.
Civilized Seeds: A History of People and Plants
Meet plants that produce apples, hops, tea, spices, blue dye, aspirin, paper, and other useful products. Discover how people have chosen plant traits throughout history.
Explore real time data streaming from devices around Seattle Center that measure the amount of CO² in the atmosphere, studied by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). See how CO² levels change from morning to evening, spring to winter and weekdays to weekends.
Puget Sound Model
Explore the science of northwest Washington’s largest and ecologically diverse estuary, the Puget Sound. See real tides and currents in action at the 100 sq. ft. scale model of the sound.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING
Looking for something different? Come check out our maker space, Tinker Tank, in Carnevali Pavillion by the entrance to the Boeing IMAX Theater.
How does an electric motor work? What does a gyroscope do? Who wins the bubble race? Find the answers to these questions and more in the Science Playground.
Spin a two-ton granite ball with your bare hands, play with water cannons or walk in the giant water wheel in Water Works. Nearby, ride the High Rail Bicycle 15 ft. above the ground — on a rail only one inch wide! Open seasonally, weather permitting.
Tropical Butterfly House
Enjoy year-round sunshine in the Tropical Butterfly House! In temperatures of low 80s and 60-70% humidity, watch exotic butterflies fly, sun themselves and feed among tropical flowers and see new butterflies emerge in the chrysalis viewing window. New butterflies are released into the exhibit each morning.
Giant robotic insects, interactive exhibits and live animal displays give you a close-up look at the world of insects and other arthropods.
Saltwater Tide Pool
See and touch live Puget Sound animals in the saltwater tide pool.
Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time
Travel back to in time to meet dinosaurs from the Mesozoic Era, stand in the footprint of a giant duckbill dinosaur and take control of the Pneumoferrosaurus to see how animatronic dinosaurs work. Learn more
Discover live creatures of all kinds, like reptiles, amphibians and mammals, including a colony of East African naked mole rats.
Naked Mole Rat Cam
Naked mole rats are among the most fascinating creatures on the planet. Now you can watch ours 24x7.