Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001

Our Mission: Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.

We bring science to life. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on our campus.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Delight our guests – We offer warm hospitality and highly-engaging interactive experiences. People of all ages and levels of science sophistication find their time with us entertaining, enriching, and memorable. Our guests recommend us and seek to visit often.
  • Model science as a process – We show that science is a boundless and timeless process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving. We inspire people to ask questions, develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, and evaluate evidence in all aspects of their lives.
  • Embrace experimentation and innovation – Experiments and innovation are central to the experiences we provide and the work we do. We also demonstrate that failure is a key ingredient of progress.
  • Enable access for all – Our facilities, programs, experiences and the benefits they provide are accessible to people of all backgrounds and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities.
  • Support educators and education – We support high-impact science education, focusing on PreK-12.
  • Serve as a community laboratory and living room – The community gathers at Pacific Science Center to discuss, debate, and collaborate on opportunities and challenges in which science and technology play roles. People come here to learn about and celebrate scientific and technological achievement. We pay special attention to the issues relevant to our city and region.
  • Run a smart and responsible business – We invest to sustain and grow our long-term impact. Our work attracts investment from public and private sources. We are leaders in socially and ecologically responsible behavior.
  • Expect and nurture excellence in our people – We attract, develop, and retain exceptionally talented people who believe deeply in our mission and who reflect the community we aim to serve. We expect excellence, and we inspect what we expect. Our culture is collaborative, creative, joyful, and fun.


Board of Directors

Adriane M. Brown, Chair
Senior Advisor
Intellectual Ventures

Diana Birkett Rakow, Secretary
Vice President, External Relations
Alaska Airlines

Sherilyn G. Anderson, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer

Christopher H. Ackerley
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Ackerley Partners, LLC

Tom Alberg
Managing Director
Madrona Venture Group

Ash Awad
Vice President

Hans Bishop
Former President & CEO
Juno Therapeutics, Inc.

Curtis Blake
Spaceflight, Inc.

Dr. Steven Buchsbaum
Deputy Director, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Global Health Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Timothy J. Copes
Retired Executive
The Boeing Company

Will Daugherty, Ex Officio
President & CEO
Pacific Science Center

Ed Fries
Former Vice President
Microsoft Game Studios

Stan W. McNaughton
CEO & Chairman of the Board
PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company

Dr. Sanford Melzer
Executive Vice President, Networks and Population Health
Seattle Children’s Hospital

Nathaniel Miles
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, State Government Affairs
Eli Lilly

Rob Shurtleff
Divergent Ventures

Mia Tuan
Dean, College of Education
University of Washington

Jessie Woolley-Wilson
President, CEO, & Board Chair
DreamBox Learning

Grace T. Yuan
K&L Gates

Emeritus Board Members

Gretchen Hund Andrews
Retired Director, Center for Global Security
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Elisabeth Bottler
Community Volunteer

Philip M. Condit
Retired Chairman & CEO
The Boeing Company
Community Volunteer

Marlene Durbin
Community Volunteer

David Fluke
General Partner
Fluke Capital Management, L.P

James E. Warjone
Chairman Emeritus
Port Blakely Companies

John D. Warner
Retired Senior Vice President
The Boeing Company

Associate Board Members

Daniel Li, Chair
Madrona Venture Group

Russell Brendel
Southern Imagination Foundation

Zac Corker

Jessica Curry
Open Market

Ella Dillon

Cole Fite
Lease Crutcher Lewis

Jeremy Friedlander

Sunil Garg

Ben Gilbert
Pioneer Square Labs

Heather Grunkemeier
Rouxbe Online Culinary School

Taylor Halliday
Mesh Studio

Kate Harmer
Hum Creative

Lulu Hoogerheyde

Kiera Jean-Mairet

Brian Knollenber

Linda Lian

James Lin

Morgan Littlefield
Oak View Group/NHL Seattle

Brittain Mason

Sean Mathewson

Divya Pahwa

Anne Retterer

Beth Salaguinto

Elizabeth Scallon

Jyoti Shukla

Alex Spencer
Pioneer Square Labs

Josh Walker

Marene Wiley
John L. Scott Real Estate

Pacific Science Center Executive Team

Will Daugherty
President & Chief Executive Officer

Eleanor Bradley
Chief Commercial Officer

Paul Chiocco
Vice President of Development

Diana Johns
Vice President of Exhibits

Karlisa Callwood
Vice President of Science Engagement & Outreach

Mark Davidson
Interim Vice President of Human Resources

Becky Sterrett
Director of Finance

Chris Longston
Director of Technology & Facilities

Amy Collins
Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Calhoun
Theater Operations Manager


Our 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 July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated making science fun for 50 years.

Privacy Policy

The privacy of guests to this site is important to us. The privacy policy below describes how we collect information online, what we do with that information, and what controls you have as a guest for regulating the information you choose to share with us.

This privacy statement does not apply to unaffiliated third party websites to which we link. You should check the privacy policies of those websites to understand how they may collect or use your personal information.

We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files
As with most other sites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, your ISP (Internet service provider, such as Comcast), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

We do use cookies to help us track users as they peruse our site. This helps us to ensure the best guest experience possible. You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other sites. You can contact us at

We engage with third party service providers in order to deliver to you banner advertisements and other advertising tailored to your interests when you visit certain websites. To learn more about the use of this information or to choose not to have this information used by our third-party advertising partner, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative. If you delete your cookies, use a different browser, or buy a new computer, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

Lucky Orange Web Analytics Service
This site uses the Lucky Orange analytics system to help improve usability and the customer experience. Lucky Orange may record mouse clicks, mouse movements and scrolling activity. Lucky Orange may record keystroke information that you voluntarily enter on this website. Lucky Orange does not track this activity on any site that does not use the Lucky Orange system. You can choose to disable the Lucky Orange Service at Note, that doing so will disable other features of the Lucky Orange system that this site employs such as 1-to-1 support chat.

Destination Discovery
If you place a deposit for a trip on our site, we require that you provide certain personally identifiable information, including your name, address, phone number, and credit card number. This information is necessary to process your application and to contact you.

All personal information collected by Pacific Science Center through an online donation transaction, phone call or onsite is given willingly and knowingly by the donor, including name, address and phone number. This information is used internally only for billing and recognition purposes and is never traded or sold to any other organizations.

Pacific Science Center Events
Any information given to Pacific Science Center by event attendees, including phone numbers, mailing addresses or email addresses, is given willingly and knowingly by the event participant. This information may be used in future Pacific Science Center mailings and notifications which the attendee may opt out of. In the case of events that use table hosts, Pacific Science Center may ask the host to collect information about their guests. This is for tracking purposes only and will not be used for solicitation purposes.

Credit Card Transactions
Pacific Science Center offers you the convenience of purchasing tickets and making online donations with a credit card. We take the security of your credit card information very seriously. All information from financial transactions made on are stored and served from a secure server. This means that each page you view on our website and any financial information you submit is encrypted on its way between your computer and ours. Even in the highly unlikely event that your transmission is intercepted, the data will not be usable by a third party.

Your credit card information is used only for your intended purpose — be it a contribution or a purchase — and nothing else.

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Pacific Science Center. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, please do not use the site.

We may make periodic changes to add, remove, or modify portions of this statement at any time. Please check this page from time to time for any changes.

Tell Us What You Think
Your comments and questions help us serve you better and make your visit a pleasant one. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this statement, please email us at