Exhibits & Programs

  • KENKEN Tournament At Pacific Science Center
  • Math Moves!
  • Teen Programs At Mercer Slough
  • Polar Science Weekend 2016

Education Programs

Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. Each year, our education programs reach more than 1.1 million people around the state — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus.

Programs For Teens
Programs For Families & Groups

At Pacific Science Center

Birthday Parties

Meet A Scientist (formerly known as Scientist Spotlight)

Exploration For All: Autism Early Open


At Mercer Slough

Night Walks

Nature Club

Scouts in the Wild

Tadpole Tots (Parent-Toddler Program)

Wild B’earthday Parties


In The Community

Science Cafés

Science On Wheels At Community Events

Events

Special Events

Events At Pacific Science Center

21+ Events

Exploration For All: Autism Early Open

Meet A Scientist (formerly known as Scientist Spotlight)

S.T.E.A.M. Power (Feb. 20, 2016)

Laser C89.5 LIVE with C89.5 FM


Special Event Weekends at Pacific Science Center

Polar Science Weekend (March 4-6, 2016)

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend (May 6-8, 2016)

BubbleFest (summer 2016)

Tricks, Treats & Science Feats (Oct. 2016)

Life Sciences Research Weekend (Nov. 2016)

Annual Model Railroad Show (Jan. 2017)


Events In The Community

PubSci at Hilliard’s Beer

Science And A Movie

Public Lectures

Science Cafés

Teen Science Cafes

Private Events

Pacific Science Center’s inventive and flexible space offers a wide spectrum of event options. Host an intimate dinner for 50 guests among the dinosaurs or utilize the entire facility for a lavish 4,000 person reception. Learn more

Fundraising Events

Pacific Science Center proudly holds two development events annually, providing important support for our core education programs.

Foundations Of Science Breakfast (April 27, 2016)

50th Annual Festival Of The Fountains (July 22, 2016)

 

Exhibits

Current & Upcoming Featured Exhibits

Math Moves!
January 23 – May 1, 2016
Math Moves! uses a variety of hands-on activities to make experimenting with concepts at the heart of math memorable and fun. Guests will be challenged work together in a playful, full-body exploration of ratios, proportions, and other fundamental math concepts.

Nature: With Hands and Eyes
October 12, 2015 – April 1, 2016 
Our newest exhibit in The Ackerley Family Gallery, highlights a compilation of works by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest Chapter (GNSI-NW). GNSI-NW is a nonprofit organization of artists in the Pacific Northwest that focuses on scientific illustration of the natural world.

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
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.

The Art Of The Brick
May 28 – September 11, 2016
From child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond, the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world’s most famous art masterpieces.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
October 15, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Discover how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created by author Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today.

Terracotta Warriors
Pacific Science Center in Seattle and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia are proud to present Terracotta Warriors, a one-of-a-kind exhibition premiering at Pacific Science Center for a limited five-month run in spring of 2017.

Permanent Exhibits

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.

Body Works
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.

Sonic Bloom
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.

Pollinator Garden
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.

Sound Atmosphere
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

Tinker Tank
Looking for something different? Come check out our maker space, Tinker Tank, in Building 3 by the Denny Way windows.

Science Playground
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.

Outdoor Exhibits
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.


LIFE SCIENCES

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.

Insect Village
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.

Animal Exhibits
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 24×7.


PacSci360 MovieBooth
PacSci360 MovieBooth allows guests to capture themselves in an award-winning, 360-degree frozen-moment film effect. 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.