Exhibits At Pacific Science CenterExplore science through hands-on and engaging exhibits.
Current & Upcoming Exhibits
GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body
June 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Explore the good, bad and downright ugly about how your body works at GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Based on the best-selling book GROSSOLOGY, the exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Learn More
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. Learn More
Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness
This immersive exhibit brings guests into the imaginative world of Professor Wellbody, demonstrating how personal choices can affect our health and wellbeing. 7,000 sq. ft of hands-on inventions, gadgets, activities and experiences present health as a lifelong process of balancing exercise, diet, proper rest and hygiene. Guests get their game on in the Fitness Play Zone, dodge flying particles at the Sneeze Wall, glimpse their future self with interactive aging software and climb musical stairs to a second floor of discovery. Learn more
Science On a Sphere
An astonishing piece of technology that uses computers and video projectors to display dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans and land on an illuminated sphere six feet in diameter. Learn More
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. Learn More
Sonic Bloom is a solar-powered art installation, created in a collaboration of Seattle City Light and Pacific Science Center.
Artist Dan Corson created five flowers up to 33 feet tall that glow when the sun shines through the petals during the day and light up at night. Each is equipped with solar panels that power the lighting. As guests walk through the exhibit, just outside the Boeing IMAX Theater, the towering flowers hum to life. Sonic Bloom is accessible 24 hours a day, no ticket required.
“Sonic Bloom is one way Pacific Science Center is bringing the science of sustainability to our community, leading us to a healthier future for our planet. By bringing art, science and education together, this project will be a teaching tool and source of inspiration for all ages for years to come,” said Bryce Seidl, Pacific Science Center’s president and CEO. Interpretive signage at the exhibit and inside Pacific Science Center explains how solar energy works and how it powers the flowers.”
The project is supported by a grant from City Light’s Green Up program and in-kind donations. The program sets aside some of the money collected from participants to promote awareness of renewable energy.
Looking for something different? Come check out our maker space, Tinker Tank, in Building 3 by the Denny Way windows. Learn more
Tropical Butterfly House
Enjoy year-round sunshine in the Tropical Butterfly House! Temperatures are in the low 80s, humidity is 60 to 70 percent, and full-spectrum lighting keeps the plants and butterflies healthy. Watch beautiful, exotic butterflies fly, sun themselves, and feed among tropical flowers. See a brand-new butterfly emerge in the chrysalis viewing window. New butterflies are released into the exhibit each morning. Learn More
Pacific Science Center presents an experience that brings lasting memories to instantly share with friends and family. PacSci360 MovieBooth allows guests to capture themselves in an award-winning 360-degree frozen-moment film effect that brings you the Hollywood wow factor. Combine that with state-of-the-art technology and themed imagery for one easy-to-use experience.
You’ll be surrounded by the backdrop of your choice with high definition LED photographs and your dynamic action will be captured by 36 precision-sequenced cameras. Your 360-degree movie keepsake will then be emailed to you as a sharable movie loop. Experience this unique offering and see yourself in action!
Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time
Travel back to the Mesozoic Era, where you’ll meet 7 dinosaurs in a lifelike environment. Stand in the footprint of a giant duckbill dinosaur, take the controls of the Pneumoferrosaurus to see how animatronic dinosaurs work, and explore the Mesozoic world.
There’s something high up on the Space Needle doing some big work! Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have devices that measure the amount of CO² in the atmosphere around Seattle Center, and this real time data streams to our monitoring station. Guests see how levels of CO² change from morning to evening, from spring to winter and from weekdays to weekends.
Giant robotic insects, interactive exhibits and live animal displays give you a close-up look at the world of insects and other arthropods. Educators’ pre-visit sheet.
Puget Sound Model and Saltwater Tide Pool
Explore the life and science of northwest Washington’s large and ecologically diverse estuary, Puget Sound. See real tides and currents in action at the 100-square-foot scale model of the sound. See and touch living Puget Sound animals in the saltwater tide pool.
Just for Tots
Experiment with water at the stream table. An area for the smallest scientists.
See live creatures of all kinds, from the domestic to the exotic. Animal displays feature reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, including a colony of East African naked mole-rats.
Find out how your body works in Body Works. Test your reaction time. See how much energy you produce on the Calorie Bicycles. Try games in the Nutrition Cafe and other interactive exhibits. Body Works is all about you.
How does an electric motor work? What does a gyroscope do? Who wins the bubble race? Find the answers to these and other questions 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-feet above the ground — on a rail one inch wide! The High Rail Bicycle is open seasonally, weather permitting.