Exhibits at Pacific Science Center
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Ignite your curiosity with our new and favorite exhibits and experiences. Launch rockets and create electric circuits in Tinker Tank. Immerse yourself in our warm and sunny lush Tropical Butterfly House full of hundreds of beautiful, free-flying tropical butterflies. Explore questions about the nature of reality with a series of rotating and experimental experiences featuring emerging technology from local scientists, engineers and artists.
Featured Exhibits and Experiences
Our Plentiful Planet
In Our Plentiful Planet, we celebrate the endless diversity of Earth’s species and highlight the unique reproduction methods of our own Living Exhibits collection.
Learn about wildfire’s important role in the ecology of some forests. See how these natural processes and the smoke they produce are affecting Seattle as well as other areas.
Science in Action: I-LABS at Pacific Science Center
How does science really happen? We hear about data, but where does it come from, what does it actually look like, and what happens after it’s collected? Come check out Science in Action, an exhibit created with a group of researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.