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HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever Exhibition Open Now!

Curiosity Speeds into action at PacSci with this exciting new interactive exhibition. Tickets are on sale now! Proof of COVID vaccination required for entry for guests 12 and older. Guests unable to be vaccinated can show proof of negative COVID PCR test. Learn more

Pacific Science Center Limited Operations

Our guest operations are currently limited to the Hockey: Faster Than Ever exhibition. Other areas of our facility are not open to the public for general admission as we plan a renewal.

We are actively exploring how Pacific Science Center can best serve the community, both at our facility and through our outreach programs. Learn more about our renewal process in the guest operations update below!

 

Guest Operations Update

We are actively exploring how Pacific Science Center can best serve the community, both at our facility and through our outreach programs. This is a process of renewal, in which we are working to improve the experiences we offer at PacSci while strengthening the long-term financial sustainability of our organization. Just as science continually evolves, so too will our programs and operations.

We have been busy throughout the pandemic serving the community with digital and virtual programming. We are expanding those programs and were excited to welcome more than 1,500 youth to camps for Summer 2021, fully occupying our facility. Another 1,700 youth participated in camps that we provided at four other locations in the area as well as virtually.

Currently we are open for the world premiere exhibition on the science and history of hockey, HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever, until February 27, 2022. Additional focus areas include our anti-racism work, private event rentals, and installing a state-of-the-art lighting system on our iconic arches. We are finalizing joint programming with community organizations, plans to resume Science on Wheels, and a re-envisioning of our membership program.

Our renewal also includes a comprehensive review of the exhibits and experiences inside PacSci. As we make improvements, some areas will resume guest operations sooner than others.

But curiosity never closes. Come experience PacSci through Virtual Field Trips, Curiosity at Home, Science in the City, and other online content through our website.

We are grateful for the community’s support of our journey. Tens of thousands of fans of all ages have participated in the new virtual education programming we’ve provided in the last year. Longtime and new donors supported our mission so we could reach this point in our renewal. We are excited to continue to serve our community—virtually and in person—and to ignite curiosity near and far.

Additional Guest Operations Information

When is PacSci reopening? 
As we re-envision how we can best serve our community, we don’t have a set timeline for welcoming the general public back to our facilities the way we did before the pandemic. We are planning a phased approach to our renewal to ensure economic sustainability and a high-quality guest experience.

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.

Right now, guests can virtually experience PacSci through Virtual Field Trips, Curiosity at Home, Science in the City, and other content we offer online. PacSci is proud to continue to serve our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with digital and virtual programming.

Private event rentals of PacSci spaces are currently available. Currently we are welcoming guests to the world-premiere of the limited-run exhibition HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever until Feb. 27, 2022.

Beyond these experiences, we will keep you updated as our plans evolve.

 

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.

 

What does renewal mean?
We emphasize “renewal” instead of “reopening” because we are focused on evolving as an organization, not returning to the prior normal. We start by asking how we can best serve the community. Our renewal includes identifying the best ways to use our facility, creating a high-quality guest experience, and ensuring that PacSci is economically sustainable. To inform our plans, we are soliciting input from the community through conversations and surveys. We also look to the feedback we receive from guests through email, review sites, and social media. We invite you to share any feedback you have on our renewal.

PacSci’s renewal will take time and will roll out in phases. There are elements that we are committed to, some that we are planning, and others that we are still exploring. For example, we are committed to expanding our virtual programming, providing enriching in-person camp experiences for youth, and our debut of the world-premiere hockey exhibition, HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever. Other commitments include advancing anti-racism, resuming private event rentals, and installing a state-of-the-art lighting system on our iconic arches. We are finalizing plans to create joint programming with community organizations, resume Science on Wheels, and re-envisioning our membership program

 

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.

 

When will PacSci members be able to use their membership?
We are so grateful for the support our members have given us during this challenging time. Opportunities to use membership benefits will be limited during this phased renewal period. As we explore a new, enhanced, membership program, we will continue to provide members with opportunities for discounts and exclusive access for the programs currently available. These include a discount on our world premier hockey exhibition HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever, summer camp savings, 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.

 

When will IMAX theaters and Laser Dome reopen?
We are evaluating when we will reopen additional areas of our facility, including theaters and the Laser Dome. We do not have a reopening date for these spaces yet. However, the Laser Dome is available for private event rentals. For more information, please visit the Private Rentals web page.

 

What about the Tropical Butterfly House?
We are currently looking at ways to open the butterfly house, but do not have a reopening date yet.

 

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. Throughout the pandemic, longtime and new donors supported our mission so that 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

Masking and vaccination are required for all guests while on Pacific Science Center premises effective Sept. 20, 2021. 

Proof of Vaccination Required
PacSci requires everyone 12 and older to provide proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours in order to enter. PacSci also requires that everyone age 2 and older wear a mask while onsite except while actively eating or drinking. All guests age 12 and older must show either (1) proof of vaccination or (2) a negative COVID-19 test result from a PCR test taken within the past 72 hours.

Masking Required
Masking is required while on PacSci premises for all guests aged 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. Guests, employees and any other individuals at PacSci will be required to wear masks at all times while on PacSci premises except while actively eating or drinking. Food and beverages are not permitted within the hockey exhibition, but are allowed in other areas at PacSci. Guests who are not wearing masks properly over the mouth and nose may be asked to leave the premises without refund or exchange.

Information for Fully Vaccinated Guests
A guest is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the final dose of vaccine (the second dose of a two-dose mRNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer, or single dose of a single-dose regimen like Johnson & Johnson). Documentation of vaccination status must be shown with valid identification and be available upon request at any time while on premises.

Acceptable forms of proof of full vaccination are:

  • Vaccination card, including person’s name, type of vaccine and date of final dose OR
  • Photo of a vaccination card as a separate document or stored electronically OR
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record.

Matching photo identification must be presented with any of the above forms of proof of vaccination. Guests 18 and older must provide government-issued identification such as a drivers’ license or passport. Guests under 18 may present government-issued identification or a school photo ID as an alternative. Guests under 18 without ID must be accompanied by an adult with required identification who is able to verify their identity and provide documentation for the minor’s test results or vaccination verification.

Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a healthcare provider will not be accepted.

Information for Unvaccinated Guests
Children under 12, and people with a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination may enter PacSci premises without proof of vaccination. Individuals age 12 and older who meet those criteria must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the entry time.

Acceptable forms of proof of negative COVID-19 test results are:

  • Printed test result document (from the test provider or laboratory) OR
  • An email or text message stored electronically from the test provider or laboratory.

Information provided in the test results should include:

  • Name of the person tested,
  • Type of test performed, and
  • Date of the negative test result (which must be within the prior 72 hours).

Antigen tests will not be accepted. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, laboratory, or healthcare provider will not be accepted.

Guest Wellness
If you are feeling unwell prior to your visit, please reach out to Guest Services to determine whether you may be eligible for an exchange. Avoid visiting PacSci if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have been in close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

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!   

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COVID-19 Guest Policies FAQ

Masking and vaccination are required for all guests while visiting Pacific Science Center. Thank you for helping keep Pacific Science Center safe for everyone! 

When will the vaccination policy take effect at Pacific Science Center? How long will it be in effect? Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will go into effect at PacSci on September 20, 2021 and will be in effect until further notice. 

I have a ticket to visit in less than 72 hours and am unvaccinated. If I’m unable to obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test before my visit, will I be allowed entry to Pacific Science Center? No. Unvaccinated individuals age 12 and older with a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the entry time. To reschedule your visit, please contact gs@pacsci.org.

I have a medical or religious exemption to being vaccinated. Do I need to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test? Yes. All individuals entering Pacific Science Center premises must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Medical and religious vaccine exemptions are not accepted in place of vaccine verification or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.

What kinds of COVID-19 tests are accepted? People age 12 and older with a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination may enter PacSci premises without proof of vaccination. Individuals who meet those criteria must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the entry time. 

Acceptable forms of proof of negative COVID-19 test results are: 

  • printed test result document (from the test provider or laboratory) OR 
  • an email or text message stored electronically from the test provider or laboratory. 

Information provided in the test results should include: 

  • the name of the person tested, 
  • the type of test performed, and 
  • the date of the negative test result (which must be within the prior 48 hours). 

Antigen tests will not be accepted. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, laboratory, or healthcare provider will not be accepted. 

I’ve only had one dose of a two-shot vaccine. Will I be allowed entry to Pacific Science Center? No. Proof of full vaccination is required for entry to PacSciAccording to the CDC, an individual is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the final dose of vaccine (the second dose of a two-dose mRNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer, or single dose of a single-dose regimen like Johnson & Johnson).

My child is under 12 and not eligible for a vaccine. Do they need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test? No. Unvaccinated individuals who are under 12 years old do not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter PacSci at this time.

What are acceptable forms of proof of vaccination? Acceptable forms of proof of full vaccination are: 

  • Vaccination card, including person’s name, type of vaccine and date of final dose OR 
  • a photo of a vaccination card as a separate document or stored electronically OR 
  • documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record 

Matching photo identification must be presented with any of the above forms of proof of vaccination. Guests 18 and older must provide government-issued identification such as a drivers’ license or passport. Guests under 18 may present government-issued identification or a school photo ID as an alternative. Guests under 18 without ID must be accompanied by an adult with required identification who is able to verify their identity and provide documentation for the minor’s test results or vaccination verification. 

Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a healthcare provider will not be accepted. 

Will masks be required for fully vaccinated individuals? Yes. Masking is required while on PacSci premises for all guests aged 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. Guests who are not wearing masks properly over the mouth and nose will be asked to leave the premises without refund or exchange. 

What kind of masks can guests wear? Masks must be properly fitted and cover the mouth and nose at all times. Masks with valves or openings, handkerchiefs, neck gaiters and face shields in lieu of masks are not allowed.

Will guests be allowed to remove masks in order to eat or drink while at Pacific Science Center? Guests, employees and any other individuals at PacSci will be required to wear masks at all times while on PacSci premises except while actively eating and drinkingFood and beverages are not permitted within the hockey exhibition, but are allowed in other areas at PacSci. 

Ticketing Policies

Ticketing Policy
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.

 

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

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