Exhibits & Programs

Field Trips To Pacific Science Center

A field trip to Pacific Science Center is a time-honored tradition for students of all ages. Ignite your students’ curiosity for science with a day of exploration and discovery at Pacific Science Center. Our hands-on exhibits and programs engage students of all ages and spark lifelong interest in science, math, engineering and technology. To learn more, download our Educator Guide. To book your field trip, call (206) 443-2925.

Reserve Your Field Trip to Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

April 8 – September 4, 2017

This spring, bring your students to unearth one of history’s most remarkable archaeological finds: China’s Terracotta Warriors. Imagine digging a well near Xi’an, China and stumbling upon an ancient clay army of life-size horses, chariots and an estimated 8,000 warriors—each with a unique human face. For over 2,200 years, they guarded the underground burial complex of Emperor Qin Shihuang, who united China’s warring kingdoms in the third century BCE. The exhibition highlights ancient technology and engineering used to create the statues, weaponry and underground structure, as well as the modern science being used today as we continue to unearth the secrets of China’s terracotta warriors.

Complete your experience with the IMAX documentary Mysteries of China, which chronicles the accidental discovery of the terracotta warriors and what we have learned since.

To schedule your field trip, call (206) 443-2925.

Pricing & Packages

To schedule your field trip, call (206) 443-2925 Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. We will contact you within two business days to set up your field trip. For out-of-state school admission rates, call (206) 443-3611.

Standard PackageIncludes all permanent exhibits, plus up to two:
- Documentary IMAX movie
- Laser show
- Planetarium show
$9 per person
Deluxe PackageIncludes all permanent exhibits, plus:
- One documentary IMAX movie,
- a laser show,
- and a planetarium show
$10 per person
Terracotta Warriors
Add-On Ticket (April 8 - September 4, 2017)
Add $5 to any option above
Exhibits Only$7 per person
Documentary IMAX Movie Only$6 per student
$7 per adult
Financial and bus transportation assistance are available for qualifying schools. Inquire when you call to book your field trip. School group field trip transportation assistance is provided by PEMCO Insurance.

Chaperone Policy: While we require a minimum ratio of one adult to ten students, the ideal ratio is one adult to five students to ensure a positive learning experience for all guests.

Schools on Trains: For $15, school groups can ride Amtrak Cascades anywhere between Bellingham and Portland. For $30, school groups can travel to and from Washington state to cities south of Portland. Learn More

Prepare For Your Visit

The following will help you prepare for your field trip:

On the day of your visit, bring a completed Teacher Admission Worksheet to the ticket booth, along with one payment for the entire group.

School Group Lunches
For your convenience, you can order group lunches from our on-site café for $6.05 (including tax) per person. To order lunches, submit a School Group Lunch Order Form at least 3 business days before your field trip. Payment is due when you pick up your order. A school group lunch order includes a choice of sandwich, chips, cookies, a fruit cup and apple juice.

Available Programs, Exhibits & Shows

Special Traveling Exhibits

Terracotta Warriors (April 8-September 4, 2017)
Pacific Science Center and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia are proud to present Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, a one-of-a-kind exhibition premiering at Pacific Science Center for a limited five-month run in spring of 2017.

The Mysteries of China documentary IMAX movie is the perfect complement to your admission to Terracotta Warriors!

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.

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 Rats
Naked mole rats are among the most fascinating creatures on the planet. Now you can watch ours 24×7.

Documentary IMAX Movies

Pacific Science Center is proud to house Seattle’s biggest movie screen, in the Boeing IMAX Theater, as well as the PACCAR IMAX Theater. Bring your students on a class field trip to be immersed in the ultimate educational IMAX experience!

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D 
Experience a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, Jean-Michel Cousteau invites audiences to dive into a world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps rediscovered along the journey.

Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World (opens February 17, 2017)
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Created in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, Dream Big will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D (opens February 2017)
Flight of the Butterflies 3D is a scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It’s about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.

Mysteries of China (opens March 2017)
Pair it with admission to the special exhibit Terracotta Warriors!
Mysteries of China captures the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today, beginning in an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation, and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past. In 1974, farmers digging a well in Xi’an stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds the world had ever discovered – the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor, offering a unique time capsule into the past. From modern China, to ancient China, and back again, the film is a visual adventure, using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor and growth, in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.

Born to be Wild 3D
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Born To Be Wild 3D is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This movie documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time.

Curiosity Days

Bring your class on a Friday for one of our special weekend events that highlight different areas of science. Explore hands-on exhibits and live demonstrations, and interact with scientists, researchers, engineers and more as they reveal their cutting-edge work. Admission to Curiosity Days is included in field trip admission.

Polar Science Weekend (March 2017)
Investigate a real ice core from Greenland, survey microbes from the coldest parts of the world, compare an arctic ice camp with a research tent used in the Antarctic, take the salinity taste test and join a spectacular smashing ice demonstration as you meet and talk to polar researchers.

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend (April 2017)
Huskies of all ages are invited to join University of Washington scientists and researchers for fun, interactive activities and exhibits. Learn about the boundless research breakthroughs happening in our own backyard.

Wellbody Weekend (September 2017)
Wellbody Weekend will educate and motivate kids and their families to be healthier through innovative programming, activities, and informational resources. In the imaginative world of Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health and Wellness, 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.

Life Sciences Research Weekend (November 2017)
At the 10th annual Life Sciences Research Weekend, meet some of the nation’s top research scientists as they introduce you to their favorite topics, including human genetics, nanotechnology and the immune system. Handle real lab equipment, touch a human brain, learn how drugs are developed and more.

Planetarium Shows

Shows in the Willard Smith Planetarium align with Washington State Content Standards and support most K-12 astronomy curricula.

Preschool Trip to the Moon
This show is an age-appropriate mix of observing the night sky, a puppet story, and a dance party–on the Moon! We aim the show at preschoolers, but there are no age-restrictions on this show.

  • 20 min.
  • Preschool; content can be added for grades K-1

The Planets
Fly through the Rings of Saturn and see the largest volcano on Mars! In this show you will learn about and visit the planets in our Solar System. The show is live and interactive so no two presentations are the same. Have a question about the planets? Our performer can explore the answer with you!

  • 30 min.
  • Grades K-12
  • Children under age 4 are not admitted to this show.

The Sky Tonight
The Sky Tonight is our best show for students ages 6 and up. Students practice describing and recognizing objects in space and motions of space, and use a star map to explore the night sky.

  • 30 min.
  • Grades 2-12
  • This show can be shortened and offered to grades K-1 as a 20-min. show.

Jupiter and Its Moons
The largest planet in the solar system has several interesting worlds orbiting it. Explore the Jovian system in Jupiter and its Moons! This show features the current science of the Juno mission, currently exploring Jupiter. Due to the dark environment and scientific content, this show is recommended for ages 5 and up.

  • 30 min.
  • Grades 6-12

Let’s Explore Light!
Come learn about light. Our understanding of light is the foundation of our knowledge of the universe. We’ll explore the many discoveries that lead to our current knowledge of wavelengths and spectra. We’ll even dissect a rainbow. Due to the dark environment and scientific content, this show is recommended for ages 5 and up.

  • 30 min.
  • Grades 6-12
Laser Shows

Pacific Science Center is proud to be home to the largest and longest operating Laser Dome theater in the world. On a field trip, students can watch a laser light show and experience music in a new light. Stir the imaginations of your students with brilliant laser imagery performed live to music in Laser Jukebox.

Laser Jukebox
Laser Jukebox features a mix of songs from a variety of artists all performed live in brilliant laser light. Our laser artists search high and low for some of the most popular tracks the Laser Dome has ever presented, and then add an educational twist! 30 min.

Science On a Sphere Shows

Generously provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science On a Sphere uses computers and video projectors to display dynamic shows about the atmosphere, oceans and land on an illuminated sphere six feet in diameter.

Alien Landscapes
Compare geological features in space to those on Earth, and discuss the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Earthquakes
Audiences learn about plate tectonics and different kinds of waves, as well as earthquake preparedness.

Volcanoes
Discover how volcanoes form and what happens when they erupt. Explore the effect our very own Mount Rainier erupting would have on Seattle.

Ocean: The Motion Potion
Venture into the science behind wind-driven surface currents, density-driven deep ocean currents, and how the movement of water can make it warm in Europe and cool in California.

Live Science Stage Shows
With sleight-of-hand tricks, explosions, theatrics and wonder, Live Science Shows are one of Pacific Science Center’s hallmarks. A variety of 20 min. shows are presented daily. No reservations required; FREE

Educator Resources

Our pre-visit materials and educator guides are designed to help educators evaluate what kind of preparation will be most valuable for your students and to better plan your Pacific Science Center visit.

Pacific Science Center strives to make connections between the experiences guests have with our exhibits and programs with other learning experiences in everyday life. A field trip is valuable because it connects the learning in and out of school and aligns with Washington State Content Standards. As Washington state moves toward the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, we will be updating our resources to demonstrate where our exhibits and programs reinforce the learning expectations outlined in the new standards.

Exhibits Resources

Special Traveling Exhibits:

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (Oct. 15, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017) – Educator Guide and Educator Materials

Permanent Exhibits:

Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness:

IMAX Resources

A Beautiful Planet Educator Guide

Flight of the Butterflies 3D Educator Guide

National Parks Adventure 3D Educator Guide

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D Educator Guide

Environmental Science Field Trips at Mercer Slough

We offer nature-based field trips for grades PreK-8 at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue.

Planetarium Resources

Astro Adventures is an educator’s guide for astronomy activities created to answer the high demand for a space science unit for elementary teachers. Elementary and Middle School lesson guides are available for educator use through our printable curriculum order form. Sample Activities:

Starmaps:

Autism Resources
To help teachers with children who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pacific Science Center, along with the University of Washington’s Department of Rehabilitation Therapy, has created downloadable and printable resources geared to prepare you for your visit to Pacific Science Center. Learn More
Homeschool Field Trips

Homeschool groups can visit at the reduced school group rate on Homeschool Mondays.

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