Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

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

Pacific Science Center brings science to life. We ignite curiosity in people of all ages and inspire creative thinking to fuel tomorrow’s innovations. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus.

Our Mission

Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.

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.

Board of Directors & Senior Staff

 July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016


Honorary Chair Tim Copes, Vice President Material Services, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Chair Barbara B. Hulit, Senior Vice President, Danaher Business Systems, Danaher Corporation

Treasurer Norm Hubbard, Executive Vice President, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Secretary Adriane Brown, President & COO, Intellectual Ventures

Emeritus Board Members

Ginger Ackerley, Community Member

Gretchen Hund Andrews, Senior Staff Scientist & Team Lead, Global Security & Technology Policy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Elisabeth Bottler, Community Member

Phil M. Condit, Community Member

Marlene Durbin, Community Member

David Fluke, General Partner Fluke Capital Management, L.P

Jim Warjone, Port Blakely Companies

Senior Staff

Cory Sbarbaro, Interim President & Chief Executive Officer

Chris Wheaton, Chief Operating and Finance Officer

Diane Carlson, Vice President of Guest Services & Theater Operations

Dr. Ann McMahon, Vice President of Science & Education

Diana Johns, Vice President of Exhibits & Life Sciences

Megan McNally, Interim Vice President of Development

Jennifer Tucker, Guest Services Director

Elin Waldman, Marketing & Sales Director

Keni Sturgeon, Science & Education Director 

Ex Officio Board Members

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

C. James Judson, Chairman, Opanga Networks

Colin Moseley, Chairman, Green Diamond Resource Company

John Warner, Community Member

Board Members

Ash Awad, Vice President, McKinstry

Mona H. Bailey, Independent Education Consultant

Stephen C. Bishop, Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP

Curt Blake, President & General Counsel, Spaceflight, Inc.

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

Ivar Chhina, Community Member

Nelson Del Rio, Chairman, The Del Rio Family Foundation

Ed Fries, Founder & Owner, FigurePrints

Dr. Patricia D. Galloway, President & CEO, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

Mary A. Knell, CEO, Washington & Western Canada, Commercial Banking Division, Wells Fargo Bank

Dan McConnell, Principal & Chief Strategist, DMCPR

Stan McNaughton, CEO & Chairman of the Board, PEMCO Insurance Companies

Dr. Sanford Melzer, Chief Strategy Officer, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Nate Miles, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives – State Government Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company

Edward F. Millet, Managing Director, Northwest Region J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.

Diana B. Rakow, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Public Affairs, Group Health Cooperative

Edward D. Thomas, Partner, Deloitte LLP

Chris Witherspoon, Principal + Director of Client Services, DNA

Grace Yuan, Partner, K&L Gates

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.

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