Plan Your Visit
Visiting Pacific Science Center this Memorial Day Weekend? We’re excited to see you! Please be aware the Northwest Folklife Festival takes place at Seattle Center May 26-29. We recommend leaving yourself ample time to park and enter as there will be increased foot and vehicle traffic in the area. Thank you!
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Planetarium Show**: FREE
Matinee Laser Show**: $3
**General Admission ticket required. Laser matinee available for select dates only. Planetarium shows recommended for ages 4 and up.
Laser Dome Evening Shows
Military Discount – Discounted admission rates are available for active duty, retiree, reservist and Department of Defense employees and their families. Discounts are available ONLY at the door with valid ID and cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. Please note that these discounts do not apply towards Traveling Exhibits or Feature IMAX® movies.
Prices, schedules and hours are subject to change.
Getting To Pacific Science Center
James Albert Claypool Memorial Garage
Pacific Science Center’s Claypool Garage is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Denny Way and provides a covered walkway directly into our south entrance.* There are 3 levels of parking which include designated disabled spaces.
- 0–3 Hrs – $9
- 3-5 Hrs – $11
- 5-10 Hrs – $13
Please pay upon entry once you’ve parked your vehicle. Pay stations accept cash, VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Payment is tracked by parking stall number and the receipt you receive from the payment kiosk is for your records and does not need to be placed on your dash. Claypool Garage opens daily at 6 a.m. and closes Sunday-Thursday at 12:30 a.m., Friday-Saturday at 2:30 a.m.
*The Denny Way/south entrance closes when general exhibits close. Guests will need to walk around to the north entrance facing Seattle Center for evening access.
**Parking rates are subject to change depending on events at Pacific Science Center and Seattle Center.
Take the Seattle Center Monorail from Westlake Center, located in the heart of downtown Seattle. The trip takes only 90 seconds. Many Seattle Metro buses will also drop you off at the entrance to Pacific Science Center, including routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 24 and D Line.
From the north follow Interstate 5 southbound:
- Take exit 166 (Stewart Street), turn right on Denny Way and follow to Second Ave. North and turn right.
- Pacific Science Center is on your right. The walkway to the entrance is just north of the Science Center buildings.
From the south follow Interstate 5 northbound:
- Take exit 165 (Seneca Street) and follow two blocks.
- Turn right on Fourth Ave. and follow until Denny Way. Turn left.
- Follow Denny Way to Second Ave. North and turn right.
- Pacific Science Center is on your right. The walkway to the entrance is just north of the Science Center buildings.
While At Pacific Science Center
If you’re visiting for…
Just One Hour – There are plenty of things to discover. We suggest you see an IMAX film or visit our Tropical Butterfly House.
Two To Three Hours – Explore our Tropical Butterfly House and tide pool exhibit or explore our outdoor exhibits. After that, see one of our amazing Live Science Demonstrations, Live Planetarium Shows or an exciting IMAX film.
Four Or More Hours – That should give you enough time to see most of what we have to offer depending on the Science Demonstration and IMAX schedules for the day and how long you like to spend at each exhibit. If you want to make sure you see everything we suggest you plan to make a whole day of your visit, enjoy some lunch in our café, and Discover Pacific Science Center.
Click the diagram of our facility below for a larger version. (167KB PDF)
- Pacific Science Center is a weapons-free property.
- Pacific Science Center is a tobacco-free property, including all outdoor spaces.
- While pets are not permitted inside Pacific Science Center, service animals are welcome.
- All youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages 18 and under may require accompaniment by an adult as dictated by group policy.
- 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 camera device is prohibited in our IMAX® Theaters, Laser Dome & Planetarium. Cell phones should also not be used in these spaces.
- Occasionally, due to proprietary and/or curatorial reasons, photography is not allowed inside certain traveling exhibits – when this is the case, notice is posted prior to entry and on our website. Tripods and selfie sticks are allowed where general photography is permitted but certain traveling exhibits will not allow tripods or selfie sticks.
- 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, skateboards or hover boards indoors or outdoors. All guests are also required to wear shirts and shoes at all times.
- 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 a brown bag 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.
Thank you for following these guidelines and visiting Pacific Science Center. We appreciate your support. Please call (206) 443-2001 with any questions.
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.
Download our Accessibility Map to help guide you around our campus. Map provided with help from Safeco Insurance.
Wheelchairs are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis at both our Denny Way entrance and the Information Desk in Building 1. One can also be retrieved for you at other locations simply by asking a staff member. Identification will be required as a deposit.
Aides accompanying a guest with a disability receive complimentary admission to all Pacific Science Center exhibits and events, including IMAX and laser shows. Guests with an aide can request the complimentary admission from a Guest Services representative at any of our entrances or by calling our Guest Services department at (206) 443‑2844 prior to your visit. We recommend calling ahead, particularly for special exhibit entry, so that we can have your tickets waiting for you upon your arrival.
Elevators are located in Building 1 and Building 3 as well as Upper Boeing Lobby for access to the Boeing IMAX Theater.
- All general exhibits are wheelchair accessible. The Wellbody Academy exhibit includes a stairway lift to convey wheelchair guests from lower to upper level. Special traveling exhibits sometimes have components that are not wheelchair accessible. These exhibits have dedicated language on our website outlining any elements that have height, weight or mobility restrictions.
- In addition to the visual aspect of our exhibits, many have hearing and touch elements that invite guest interaction. Staff members are available to assist guests as needed.
Both IMAX theaters are wheelchair accessible. The PACCAR IMAX Theater accommodates more than 10 wheelchairs and the Boeing IMAX Theater accommodates up to six wheelchairs.
- To access the PACCAR IMAX Theater via wheelchair, go to the glass elevator just outside our Grossology Bathrooms in Building 5 and go up one level. Or go to the entrance to Building 1 where you’ll see a marked elevator. Take that elevator up one level, exit through cafe and proceed across upper courtyard taking a right to theater entrance once you’ve reached Building 5.
- To access Boeing IMAX Theater via elevator, proceed to the Upper Boeing Lobby. Next to our public restrooms is an elevator that will take you down to the lower lobby. Once you exit the elevator go left to theater entrance.
- Scripts of films are available upon advance request.
Laser Dome, Planetarium & Live Science Stage Access
The Laser Dome in Building 3, Planetarium in Building 2 and Live Science Stage in Building 1 are all wheelchair accessible.
There are multiple disabled parking spaces in the Claypool Memorial Garage with adjacent elevator access to a payment station and walkway to our Denny Way entrance. Guests may also be dropped off and picked up at our Denny Way turnout. Please note, the Denny Way entrance is open during daytime exhibit hours only. Evening admission is available through our North entrance, facing into Seattle Center, which can be approached from 2nd Avenue or any Seattle Center walkways.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 88 children according to the 2012 Center for Disease Control estimates. To help families or teachers with children who are affected by ASD, 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
Exploration For All – Autism Early Open
Thanks to Safeco Insurance, we present free early access to our exhibits on the second Saturday of each month for all families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Learn More
Other Services & Amenities
- Service animals are welcome throughout Pacific Science Center.
- Benches are located throughout the interior and exterior of Pacific Science Center.
- Lockers are available for storage in Building 1 and Building 3.
- Our café is located in Building 1, near the entrance and upstairs. Both are wheelchair accessible.
- Pacific Science Center’s store is located in upper Building 3.
- Strollers are available for rent at the Information Desk or Denny Way entrance. $10 deposit and ID required with $5 returned at time of stroller return.
Restrooms and drinking fountains are located in various locations and are wheelchair accessible. Family restrooms are available on the lower level of Building 3. Changing tables are available in both men’s and women’s restrooms.
Visitor Guides containing a floor plan, show schedules and general information are available at all entrances as well as the Information Desk in Building 1.
Pacific Science Center does not have pay phones but TTY phones are available at the Information Desk in Building 1 and at Reception in Building 5.
There are no ATMs located inside Pacific Science Center, but one is located immediately outside our north entrance.
For First Aid, ask any staff member for assistance or go to the Information Desk in Building 1.
Lost & Found is located at the Information Desk in Building 1.
Pacific Science Center is a non-smoking facility. We appreciate our guests not smoking on our property, including open air spaces.
For more information about accessibility at Pacific Science Center or to contact our Section 504 Coordinator, please call (206) 443-2001 (voice) or (206) 443-2887 (TTY).
Pacific Science Center Café
Pacific Science Center’s exhibits will feed your mind, but what about your body? Our on-site café is the answer. Our café offers a complete menu of lunch and dessert options, in addition to seasonal specials. You can also order regular or kid-friendly boxed lunches for groups of 10 or more, or have us cater your on-site private event.
The Pacific Science Center Café is located upstairs in Building One near the Live Science Stage. It is open daily until one hour before the Science Center closes.
In Our Café
- Turkey, ham or roast beef deli sandwiches, made fresh daily
- Gourmet salads prepared daily, including cranberry, pecan and bleu cheese, Greek salads, Caesar, and chef salads
- A rotation of homemade soups
- Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, corn dogs and soft pretzels
- Brownies, cookies & rice crispy treats
- Yogurt, fresh-cut fruit, bagels with cream cheese
- Frozen yogurt, assorted ice cream bars
- Soda, juices, coffee
Advance Lunch Orders for Groups
Coming with a group of 10 or more? We can provide lunch for you! To place an order, complete our online form at least one week prior to your visit. You may call us at (206) 727-2355 for more information.
Catering for Private Events
We have a talented culinary team that will design food that fits your specific needs for your private event. You can depend on us whether it’s a business meeting, luncheon, hors d’ ourves, an elegant dinner or boxed lunch. We cater to groups both small and large and are committed to making your event a success.
Set up your private event by calling (206) 443-3611 or contact our catering manager at (206) 727-2355.