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Living Exhibits at Pacific Science Center
Pacific Science Center is home to a variety of creatures from Naked Mole Rats to snakes to insects.
Our living exhibits allows guests to explore the stories the natural world has to share. Glimpse into the lives of our axolotls or Naked Mole Rats, hold a hissing cockroach, or observe an active bee hive.
What do you, a pine tree, and a fish all have in common? You’re all the result of reproduction. Celebrate the endless diversity of Earth’s species and highlight the unique reproduction methods of our own Living Exhibits collection.
Take a trip to the tropics without leaving Seattle! Step into our lush Tropical Butterfly House filled with a variety of planets and butterflies native to tropical climates. New butterflies are released each week.
Enjoy a year-round educational garden on your way to see an IMAX movie. More than 50 species of Washington-native plants provide food and habitat for the local hummingbirds, butterflies, beetles, and bumblebees that visit Pacific Science Center’s grounds.
Slithery snakes, bold and timid turtles. Learn what makes reptiles special, and find out about our foster animals available for adoption through Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society.
Can you tell which one is a stick insect and which is a stick? Find the queen bee among the workers. Meet mealworms that also eat plastic. Watch a cockroach shed her skin, plus many other cool insects, spiders and their kin.
These rare and special amphibians never come out of the water. They breathe through their gills and find food in their lake homes. Critically endangered in the wild, they do well in captivity and are cherished by scientists for their ability to regrow damaged body parts.
Stroll through our historic courtyard, designed by Minoru Yamasaki for the 1962 world’s fair. There you will meet plants that humans have cultivated for food, medicine and other products. Discover how people have chosen plant traits throughout history.
Salt Water Tide Pool
When the tide is low and beaches are dry, rocky tide pools trap water and teem with abundant life. Pacific Science Center’s tide pool model provides an opportunity to discover and explore some of the amazing marine life that you might find in a tide pool on a local beach.