Private Event Rental Policies At Pacific Science Center

Since our famous beginning following the 1962 World's Fair, Seattle's Pacific Science Center has entertained millions. Our seven acre downtown Seattle campus is an event location of choice for private and corporate functions, business meetings, receptions, dinners and other events.

As an interactive science center, Pacific Science Center serves more than 1 million guests each year. We are able to extend this experience to private events when the Science Center is not open to the public. Please note that such activities may not interfere with the normal public operation of the facility and are subject to the policies and procedures below.

We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you and your guests to Pacific Science Center. Our professional special event staff will work with you to meet your unique requirements. For this reason, please note that these guidelines may not be completely inclusive of topics that arise from unique or special requests, and we invite you to consult our Event and Group Sales staff about the details of your event and special needs or requests.

When you host an event at Pacific Science Center, you will also be contributing to the Pacific Science Center's mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math and technology. As a non-profit organization, Pacific Science Center relies on evening admissions and events staged in the midst of interesting science exhibitions to help sustain our many educational, interactive and innovative programs.

Thank you for considering Pacific Science Center for your event.

General Event Information

Events at Pacific Science Center must be social, cultural, recreational, corporate, educational or personal in nature. Pacific Science Center may not be used for political events or political rallies, without specific approval of Pacific Science Center. No product promotion is allowed. Any product promotion or commercial event must be pre-approved by Pacific Science Center staff. We are able to reserve a variety of spaces to meet your needs; spaces must be reserved in advance. Unless outdoor space is reserved in advance, reserving an interior space for an event does not include of any exterior areas.

Pacific Science Center reserves the right to refuse rental to individuals, organizations or events that discriminate because of an individual's race, color, religion, origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, military status, sexual orientation, or in any other way that would constitute a violation of human rights. Pacific Science Center reserves the right to refuse rental to individuals, organizations or events who promotes a view that is contradictory to Pacific Science Center's mission or stance on science.

Fundraising Events

Any organization seeking to use Pacific Science Center facilities for fundraising must qualify as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) or other relevant sections of the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the Internal Revenue determination letter must be provided to Pacific Science Center prior to executing the Event & Group Sales Agreement. The sponsoring organization must appear on the Agreement and provide a certificate of insurance in its name.

Invitations and Printed Materials

Invitations for rental events may not use the name of Pacific Science Center except as the designated location of the event.

A client may not use the name, logo or likeness of Pacific Science Center to promote any event without prior written permission from Pacific Science Center. It is permissible to include an informational brochure or other information published by Pacific Science Center for the purpose of describing the facilities and exhibits.

The content of all printed materials relating to the event must be submitted to the Event and Group Sales Office for review and approval before being printed. Any violation may result in cancellation of the event. Please allow three weeks prior to your design deadline to obtain approval for printed material copy by the Event and Group Sales Office.

Photographs taken in designated areas in Pacific Science Center for personal use are permitted. Photography is not permitted in IMAX Theater. Photography is not allowed in Building 4 without prior written permission of Pacific Science Center staff. Photos may be restricted in certain exhibits.

All photographs that will be submitted for publication must be approved by the Pacific Science Center Event and Group Sales Office before publication or commitment to publication.


Press conferences may not be held in Pacific Science Center without the prior written approval of Pacific Science Center. Use of Pacific Science Center's name or likeness to promote, advertise or sell tickets to an event (other than as the location of the event) is prohibited.

General Facility Information

Pacific Science Center's normal public hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the summer, from mid-June to Labor Day, normal public hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entire facility is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Evening events may start no earlier than one hour after closing and may end as late as midnight. Extra charges will be assessed if the event exceeds midnight.

Pacific Science Center has wheelchair-accessible entrances, elevators and restrooms. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children must remain under the direct supervision of an adult at all times while on Pacific Science Center property, including theaters and exhibit areas. During normal public Pacific Science Center hours, it is the responsibility of the client to maintain a noise level respectful of Pacific Science Center guests.

Pacific Science Center is a tobacco free environment, including its outside courtyard.