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Pacific Science Center Photo & Video Policy
Guest photography and videotaping with small, personal recording devices is permitted for private, non-commercial use, except where otherwise posted. Tripods for filming and photography are not allowed in the exhibit halls. Photographs and videos of the Science Center including the arches, exhibit displays, exterior buildings, etc. may not be published, sold, reproduced or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner without written approval from Pacific Science Center.
Professional Photography and Filming Policy
The following guidelines apply to organizations and individuals interested in shooting film or photography at Pacific Science Center for purposes other than personal use. All photography or film shoots require written approval from Pacific Science Center’s Public Relations Department at least two weeks in advance. To receive written approval please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 269-5728.
Photography and videotaping must be conducted without disruption to Science Center operations or limitation to the accessibility of exhibitions, entrances/exits, doorways and high traffic areas. The flow of guests must not be blocked at any time.
Media Photography Policy
Members of the media may photograph or film within designated areas of Pacific Science Center for the purpose of news coverage. All members of the media must have a valid press pass and must make arrangements with Pacific Science Center’s Public Relations Department prior to their arrival. To make prior arrangements please email email@example.com or call (206) 269-5728.
Can I photograph my class assignment on the grounds?
Yes! Students are considered general guests and can take personal photography used for non-commercial purposes.
I’m just a guest to Pacific Science Center. Can I upload my personal pictures to Flikr, Facebook, or other social media sites?
Yes! The Science Center encourages you to share the images from your visit, as long as they are not available for someone to purchase or are being used to market a business in any way.
I’m just a guest to Pacific Science Center, but I own a SLR or DSLR “professional” camera. Can I bring this camera to photograph while visiting the museum with my family?
Yes. As long as you only have the camera. The addition of multiple lenses, large photography bag, tripod, etc. will give the impression you are here for a photography shoot and not just visiting the Science Center.
We are a group/club of photography enthusiasts wanting to shoot on the grounds. Do we need prior approval?
Yes, photography groups/clubs should notify the Public Relations Department of their intended outing. Documentation from the organizing club/business should be provided and use of the grounds for the shoot will be decided on an individual basis.
Pacific Science Center Fast Facts
Pacific Science Center, located under the arches near the Space Needle in Seattle, features five buildings of hands-on science exhibits, two IMAX® theaters (one with IMAX® 3D technology), laser light shows and a planetarium.
The Science Center was established the day after the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair ended. Designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, Pacific Science Center’s buildings served as the U.S. Science Pavilion during the Fair.
Pacific Science Center currently has approximately 31,000 member households.
As a privately funded not-for-profit institution, Pacific Science Center relies on the generous contributions from the community to carry out our mission.
Membership provides essential financial support that enables Pacific Science Center to inspire discovery and a lifelong interest in math, science and technology, reaching one million people throughout the Pacific Northwest each year.
Selected Permanent Exhibits:
Tropical Butterfly House – Despite Seattle’s infamously dreary weather, visitors are assured warmth and brightness inside Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House. Surrounded by tropical flora, visitors can stroll down a garden path while hundreds of colorful butterflies from around the world flutter freely around them.
Insect Village – Visitors will go bug-eyed with excitement exploring the Insect Village and meeting its inhabitants including some giant, robotic specimens. Highlights include the Insecta Sideshow,a circus-like setting featuring insects’ amazing adaptations and a live Insect Zoo where visitors can touch – if they dare – live hissing cockroaches, walking sticks, millipedes and even go eye-to-eye with a hairy tarantula.
Dinosaurs – Who says dinosaurs are extinct? Visitors can journey back through time and meet nine moving, roaring, robotic dinosaurs set in a lush, semitropical Mesozoic environment. Deinonychus, Allosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Apatosaurusdinosaurs, Pachycephalosaurus, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus rex are modeled after current paleontological theories and concepts.
Water Works – Pacific Science Center’s outdoor exhibit. Visitors can power a water wheel, aim at targets in the water arcade and maneuver a two-ton granite ball suspended on water.
Pacific Science Center, in partnership with Bellevue Parks & Community Services, offers environmental science education at its Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, located in Bellevue, Washington. Situated on a 320-acre freshwater wetland with forests, marshes, swamps and bogs, Mercer Slough offers an ideal location to study biology and the environment. In 1998-99, through field studies and other activities, more than 9,249 children and adults participated in Mercer Slough programs.
“IMAX®” stands for “image maximum.” The large film format produces an image ten times larger than 35mm film and three times larger than standard 70mm film, producing both extraordinary clarity and the feeling of being immersed in the movie. Pacific Science Center features two IMAX theaters: the PACCAR IMAX Theater featuring regular IMAX films as well as IMAX 3D and the Boeing IMAX Theater featuring both regular IMAX and IMAX 3D films. Call (206) 443-IMAX or check our site for current film, admission and schedule information.
Hours of Operation
Regular Hours 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekdays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekends
Summer Hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Daily
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Pacific Science Center offers parking in its James Albert Claypool Memorial Garage. The three-story garage is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Denny Way and provides a covered walkway directly into Pacific Science Center. Rates range from $5.00 to $10.00 depending on length of stay.
For More Information
General Information: (206) 443-2001
IMAX® Information: (206) 443-IMAX
IMAX® tickets online
Membership: (206) 443-2924
Laser Dome Hotline: (206) 443-2850
Planetarium Information: (206) 443-2920
Group Sales: (206) 443-3611
Volunteer Opportunities: (206) 443-2868
All information and schedules subject to change without notice. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX