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On-site Operations Update
PacSci is pleased to announce we will soon reopen for the general public.
Starting in July, several experiences will reopen on campus, including the Tropical Butterfly House, Planetarium, Tinker Tank maker space, Live Science Stage, and Dinosaurs. We look forward to welcoming the community back to the Pacific Science Center campus.
Laser Dome & IMAX Tickets On Sale!
Laser Dome and IMAX® theaters are coming back this spring! Laser Dome has shows happening Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Take full advantage of our 10,000-watt concert sound system in the Laser Dome! Check the schedule and buy tickets today!
Enjoy 12,000-watts of digital sound in the IMAX theaters with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in May. Buy tickets today!
Additional Guest Operations Information
Is everything going to be reopened?
We plan to reopen the Tropical Butterfly House, Planetarium, Tinker Tank, Live Science Stage, Dinosaurs, the Courtyard and Waterworks. Other parts of the Science Center are still undergoing improvements.
We understand that some will be disappointed that we are not reopening as we were before. But we see this as an exciting opportunity to rethink how we serve the community, upgrade our guest experience, and ensure our long-term financial health.
What type of facility improvements are you making?
As part of PacSci’s renewal we are working on several improvements to our onsite facilities, including installing new polished concrete floors, renovating the bathrooms and elevator in Building 3, repairing the roof and improving Wi-Fi throughout the campus.
Will you continue your virtual programming?
Yes! We are continuing to develop and deliver innovative virtual programming, including Curiosity at Home, Virtual Field Trips, and Science in the City. We are building a new studio that will allow us to serve even more curious minds virtually once our onsite operations resume. PacSci is proud to continue to serve our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with digital and virtual programming.
How can I purchase tickets for a laser show or IMAX movie?
Once we’ve finalized our theater line-ups, we will make ticketing available online and at the gates.
If I was a member prior to COVID, will I be able to use any remaining passes for Laser shows and IMAX movies? Yes. We will honor all outstanding passes from legacy passes.
When does my membership expire?
Your membership expiration date will not be impacted until PacSci is able to resume general admission to the majority of our facilities in July. We are so grateful for the support our members have given us during this challenging time. We continue to provide members with exclusive summer camp benefits and member-exclusive virtual programming. Members can also continue to use their ASTC reciprocal admission benefits at qualifying institutions across the country. For more information, please visit Membership.
Is PacSci currently selling memberships?
We are exploring launching a new, enhanced, membership program once we are able to resume general admission. As part of our renewal, we are excited to launch a new website portal for members and look forward to communicating details as soon as we are able.
Other museums are open, why aren’t you?
Every institution is unique in its operations and finances. We are a private, independent not-for-profit institution. We own our land and our building. We do not receive operating support from the City of Seattle. We are planning a phased approach to our renewal to deliver experiences that delight our guests, serve the community, and are economically sustainable. That means upgrading certain elements of our experience, adding new ways to engage with PacSci, and retiring some exhibits.
Many elements of PacSci are and will continue to be available, such as digital and virtual programming, in-person and virtual summer camps, and private event rentals. As we make updates, some previous attractions may remain closed or be decommissioned entirely. We will open experiences as they are ready and provide regular updates on our website and through social media. We appreciate our community’s eagerness to return.
How do I find out more about renting PacSci for private events?
PacSci has a variety of unique and flexible spaces to accommodate a wide spectrum of events. You can even experience the glory of our outdoor courtyard and fountains under our iconic arches, featuring upgraded state-of-the-art lighting. More information is available on the Private Rentals web page or contact us.
Where can I find more information?
Please continue to visit Plan Your Visit for the latest information on reopening. You can also follow us on social media and subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay up to date on the latest information and happenings.
How can I support PacSci?
Thank you! PacSci relies on philanthropic support from the community. Find out ways to Support.
Throughout the pandemic, longtime and new donors supported our mission so we are able to reach this point in our renewal.
PacSci can ignite curiosity in more students — but only with your help. With your support, we can continue to deliver virtual experiences and educational content such as Virtual Field Trips for systemically underserved communities and to provide even more scholarships for summer camps.
PacSci is almost entirely dependent on support from our community, including individual donors and corporate partnerships. Now, more than ever, we need you to ensure that Curiosity Never Closes! Thank you for considering a donation.
COVID-19 Guest Policies
Consistent with the guidance available from local, state, and federal public health entities, Pacific Science Center is implementing the following COVID-related policies. Please note that if King County COVID-19 Community Level increases to “High” or if new guidance is released, our policies are subject to change with no advance notice.
Masking is optional at our facility, including theaters and the Laser Dome. We ask that all guests recovering from COVID-19 within the past 10 days, exposed to COVID-19 within the past 5 days, or unvaccinated guests returning from travel within the past 5 days, wear a mask while on our premises.
We will not require proof of vaccination for entry. Although we are not requiring proof of vaccination, we continue to strongly recommend that all eligible individuals be vaccinated when able.
If you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms prior to your visit, please plan to postpone your visit. Contact Guest Services to determine what exchange options may be available for purchased tickets. Guests who are symptomatic while on Pacific Science Center premises may be asked to leave.
COVID-19 Liability Waiver
There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public space where people are present. By redeeming tickets and entering PacSci premises, you agree that entry is at your own risk and you voluntarily and expressly assume all risks associated with entry. PacSci has put in place policies and preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but cannot guarantee that exposure to or infection with COVID-19 will not occur while on PacSci premises.
Reservation of Rights
PacSci reserves the right to modify existing policies or add new policies at any time with or without notice. PacSci also reserves the right to revoke or deny admission without refund at any time it is deemed necessary or prudent.
Pacific Science Center policy and procedures will continue to evolve as new information becomes available. Our health and safety measures are informed by the latest science and align with all local, state, and federal public health requirements. Your safety is our top priority!
Visit Understanding COVID-19 for more information on COVID-19, vaccinations, and more.
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For your security, Print at Home tickets are individually barcoded and allow only one scan per entry. If more than one copy of your ticket is printed, or a photocopy is made, only the first scan of the barcode on your ticket will be allowed entry. Any subsequent copies attempting to scan will alert staff that the ticket has already been scanned.
Timed Ticketing Policy
Pacific Science Center reserves the right to deny entry to ticket holders more than 15 minutes late for their exhibition entry time without refund.
Refund and Exchange Policy
All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
All exchanges must be processed at least 24 hours prior to the time and date of the event or reservation. Exchanges are not allowed after an event has started, for tickets with dates in the past, or for events or reservations marked no refunds or exchanges.
For exchanges or to make edits to your reservation, you must purchase new tickets and then request a refund for your previous purchase. In order to request a refund, the original purchase receipt and/or order number is required. Refunds can be made only to the same payment method with which they were purchased, and will only be made to the original purchaser.
Late Seating Policy
No late seating is allowed in our IMAX theaters, planetarium, or laser dome.
The Pacific Science Center reserves the right to modify existing policies or add new policies at any time without notice. Pacific Science Center also reserves the right to revoke or deny admission without refund at any time it is deemed necessary or prudent.
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 are 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 use instead. 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.
Photo & Video Policies
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 our PR Department or call (206) 443-2844.
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 our PR Department or call (206) 443-2844.
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 Flickr, 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 PacSci.
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. To make prior arrangements please email our PR Department.
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.
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