Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation

Temporary Closure

Pacific Science Center is temporarily closed in compliance with State and County guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will reopen as soon as it is safe, approved, and possible.

 

Spring/Summer Hours

MondayFriday: 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Winter Hours

Beginning Tuesday, March 8, 2020:
Wednesday–Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday–Tuesday: Closed; exceptions include holidays.

 

Tickets

General admission tickets include all PacSci exhibits, including the Tropical Butterfly House, the Tinker Tank Maker Space, and Planetarium shows (free timed tickets required). Add-ons available for immersive IMAX movies, laser shows, and Virtual Reality experiences!

Adults (16-64): $25.95
Seniors (65+): $23.95
Youth (6-15): $17.95
Child (3-5): $13.95
Members (Join us!): FREE
CityPASS: Save 45% or more

Special rates available for groups, field trips, teens, military, and more. Learn More

 

Curiosity Never Closes: Support PacSci

While we are closed to the public, we are still serving the community. We depend on support from you.

 

 

 

 

Guest Health and Safety

Pacific Science Center is temporarily closed in compliance with State and County guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will reopen as soon as it is safe, approved, and possible.

However, curiosity never closes. Science and an informed public are humanity’s best hopes in addressing COVID-19, climate change, and other threats. We will do everything possible to continue serving the community during this time. That includes using the website, email, social media and other channels to keep the public informed about COVID-19, disease prevention, and other science. We will continue to ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking. Our website features hands-on, fun science explorations to do at home. We also encourage everyone to check out our Understanding COVID-19 webpage. Check back regularly for new content on our site.

Everyone who has purchased a ticket through April 24 will have the opportunity to turn their purchase into a donation or receive a refund. We will extend all memberships by the amount of time that we are closed.

We will continue to rely on guidance from public officials as we make decisions about reopening or other operational adjustments. Please continue to check our website for the latest scheduling information.

As this region’s science center, Pacific Science Center’s work is more important than ever. If you agree, please consider donating now. Your support will help keep curiosity open.

If you have additional ideas about how we can best serve the community during these difficult times, please contact feedback@pacsci.org. We appreciate your continued support.

Additional Information

Why is Pacific Science Center closing?
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a prohibition on gatherings of 50 people or more in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. The restrictions are in place for the rest of the month of March. Gov. Inslee said that the restrictions are likely to be extended. We will continue to explore options, but we have determined that the best course of action at this point is for PacSci to close to the public.

Has there been a case of COVID-19 at Pacific Science Center?
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Pacific Science Center or Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, including guests, employees, and vendors.

When will PacSci reopen?
We will continue to explore options and rely on guidance from public officials as we make decisions about reopening or other operational adjustments.

What if I purchased a ticket for a future event?
Our Guest Services and Membership teams will be reaching out to ticket holders and program participants. Everyone who has purchased a ticket through April 24 will have the opportunity to turn their purchase into a donation or receive a refund. We will extend all memberships by the amount of time that we are closed. If you have questions, please contact feedback@pacsci.org.

For events April 24 and after, we will update you as soon as possible in the event of a cancellation.

How does Pacific Science Center make decisions regarding COVID-19?
We are basing our decisions on directions and guidance from civil authorities including Washington Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, the Washington State Department of Health, and Public Health – Seattle & King County.

What preventative measures is PacSci taking?
We have a regular cleaning schedule using products that meet the EPA’s requirements for disinfectants. In addition, we are taking the following steps to increase the level of preventative care against the spread of cold, flu, and COVID-19.

  • Increasing the frequency of disinfection in bathrooms, door handles, and highly touched exhibits and surfaces.
  • Adding additional hand-sanitizing stations around our facility.
  • Adding signage to raise awareness of the importance of hand-washing and good health hygiene.

 

What can I do to help prevent the spread of disease including the common cold, flu and COVID-19?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations include the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer composed of at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizer will be available to guests and colleagues at locations throughout Pacific Science Center, MSEEC, and with Science on Wheels.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands, if possible. People will understand and no one will take offense.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Public Health – Seattle & King County also recommends that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:

    • People 60 and older
    • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
    • People who have weakened immune systems
    • People who are pregnant

 

Where can I find more information?

For more information and to stay-up-to-date on the evolving situation, see these sites:

During Your Visit

Exhibits

Hands-on, interactive exhibits offer different experiences for curious minds everyday. See what is currently on display.
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Planetarium

Live planetarium shows daily. Timed tickets are free with purchase of admission.
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IMAX Movies

See feature films and documentaries on our state-of-the-art theaters featuring the largest screens in Washington. Learn more

Laser Dome

See an immersive laser experience featuring stunning imagery and powerful sound. Learn more

Visiting PacSci

Transportation and Parking

Driving directions, public transportation options, and nearby parking facilities.
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Accessibility

Autism resources, downloadable accessibility maps, braille and wheelchair services, elevator access, service animal and aide policies, and more.
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Make the Most of Your Visit

Will you have an hour, a few hours, or a full day to explore? Coming with little ones, teens, or just adults? There’s an itinerary just for you.
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Field Trips

Special pricing, financial assistance, and other resources to plan a curiosity-packed day at PacSci for your class, grade, or school.
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PacSci Café

Fuel your curiosity with Caffe Vita coffee, Macrina Bakery pastries, and a variety of fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and snacks.
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Membership

Looking for unlimited opportunities to ignite your curiosity? A Membership is the best value to experience PacSci.
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Group Sales

Exploring the wonders of science is even more fun as a group. Groups of 10 or more can save on admission!
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Mercer Slough

A completely different way to visit PacSci is to take a trek through our biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of Bellevue. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, and it’s free! Learn more

Two girls looking at a guide in Mercer Slough nature park

 

Additional Information

Pacific Science Center Guest Guidelines
  • Pacific Science Center is a weapons-free property.
  • Pacific Science Center does not tolerate any harassment or discrimination of other guests, volunteers, or staff. Pacific Science Center is an SPD Safe Place supporting safe and secure places for victims of anti-LGBTQ related crimes and harassment. Guests that feel unsafe for any reason during their visit should notify staff right away.
  • Pacific Science Center is a tobacco, vaping and e-cigarette-free property, including all outdoor spaces.
  • While pets are not permitted inside Pacific Science Center, service animals are welcome.
  • All youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 throughout their visit.
  • No helium balloons are allowed inside Pacific Science Center. If you have any with you, we will gladly keep them in our Guest Services office until you depart.
  • We invite you to take photos (for personal use only) in our outdoor spaces and many indoor spaces such as the Butterfly House, however the use of any cell phone or camera device is prohibited in our IMAX® Theaters, Laser Dome & Planetarium.
  • Occasionally, due to proprietary and/or curatorial reasons, photography is not allowed inside certain exhibits – when this is the case, notice is posted prior to entry and on our website.
  • For the safety and enjoyment of our IMAX® Theater, Laser Dome and Planetarium guests, no late seating is allowed. Please allow yourself ample time to park and enter.
  • Most of our exhibits are interactive – please enjoy hands-on learning and handle with care so they may be enjoyed by all guests for years to come.
  • For your safety, and that of our other guests, no running indoors or outdoors.
  • All guests a required to wear shoes.
  • Use care near the edge of the ponds. They are an integral, iconic part of Pacific Science Center but we do not want your visit ruined by a fall in the water.
  • Please refrain from eating inside exhibit spaces. There is the Outdoor Lunch Area and benches around our courtyard we invite you to utilize. Food is available for purchase in our café and theater concession areas. School groups may also eat in our Discovery Labs at designated times.
  • We request you do not feed any animals. Human food is not healthy for and can endanger the ducks, birds and other animals that frequent Pacific Science Center’s grounds.
  • Guests may exit and re-enter Pacific Science Center during their visit. Simply show your ticket or hand-stamp to a cashier for re-entry.
  • If you want to listen to music during you visit, we kindly ask that you use headphones and/or keep the volume of your personal electronic devices at a reasonable level so as not to disturb other guests. Please be aware that use of personal electronic devices is not allowed in our Planetarium, IMAX®, or laser theaters.
  • Pacific Science Center reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership and/or deny admission without refund at any time it is deemed necessary.

This list is not exhaustive and does not cover every situation. Thank you for following these guidelines and visiting Pacific Science Center. We appreciate your support. Please call (206) 443-2001 with any questions.

Accessibility and Services

Pacific Science Center is dedicated to offering accessibility for all our guests and making your visit both comfortable and memorable. We encourage you to approach any staff member with questions – they are easy to spot in Pacific Science Center shirts and badges and eager to help. We also invite you to visit the Information Desk in Building 1 where our Guest Services team can assist you.

Learn more about Accessibility at PacSci