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Accessibility and Services at PacSci
Pacific Science Center is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive space for all people. We prioritize inclusion, diversity, equity and access in order to strengthen our organization and our community. We encourage all members of our community to come together, to celebrate science and each other, and to be curious.
If you have additional questions about accessibility at PacSci, please contact our Section 504 Coordinator, please call (206) 443-2001 (voice) or (206) 443-2887 (TTY).
General Building Accessibility
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.
PacSci offers an Accessibility Map to help guide guests around our campus. The map is provided with help from Safeco Insurance.
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 Guest Services at (206) 443‑2844 prior to your visit. We recommend calling ahead so that we can have your tickets waiting for you upon your arrival.
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.
The Laser Dome in Building 3, Planetarium in Building 2 and Live Science Stage in Building 1 are all wheelchair accessible.
Elevators are located in Building 1 and Building 3, as well as Upper Boeing Lobby for access to the Boeing IMAX® Theater.
There are multiple disabled parking spaces in the Claypool Memorial Garage with adjacent elevator access to a payment station and walkway to South Entrance along way.
Guests may also be dropped off and picked up at our Denny Way turnout, as well as along 2nd Ave, between Pacific Science Center and the Children’s Theater.
Please note, the South 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. We recommend guests needing an accessible entrance during evening hours call Guest Services at (206) 852-7421 for access to our South Entrance from the garage.
Restrooms and Drinking Fountains
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.
Wheelchairs are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis at both our South Entrance, as well as the Information Desk in Building 1. Identification is required as a deposit. PacSci staff is also available to assist in retrieving a wheelchair from any location.
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, and are wheelchair accessible..
- Our Café is located in Building 1, near the entrance and upstairs, and is wheelchair accessible.
- Pacific Science Center’s store is located in upper Building 3, and is wheelchair accessible.
- Strollers are available for rent at the Information Desk or North Entrance along Denny Way. A $10 deposit and are ID required; $5 will be returned at the time of stroller return.
Visitor Guides containing a floor plan, show schedules and general information are available at the South and North Entrances, as well as the Information Desk in Building 1.
There is a Nursing Mothers room located in the Just for Tots area in Building 2.
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).
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
We also have a dedicated program, Exploration for All, for those affected by ASD. Exploration for all provides early access to our exhibits on the third Saturday of each month for all families affected by ASD. Learn More
Both IMAX theaters are wheelchair accessible. The PACCAR IMAX and Boeing IMAX Theaters each accommodate six wheelchairs and reserved companion seats. Additionally, the Boeing Theater has four accessible seats for patrons with disabilities with arms that fold out for easier access.
- 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.
Theater Closed Captioning
Closed captioning is available for some movies, which is indicated on each listing. If closed captioning is needed, please speak with our theater staff at the show.
Laser Dome Access
The Laser Dome is wheelchair accessible. When arriving, guests using wheelchairs should contact Laser Dome staff to assist with seating.
Additionally, there are six designated seats available for patrons with disabilities with arms that raise for easier access. If assistance is needed, please reach out to Laser Dome staff at the show.
Mercer Slough Access
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is an ADA accessible site. There is an accompanying ramp or elevator for every space.
Trails have an ADA accessible entrance, as well. The trails are either wood chip or gravel, and once in the nature park all of the trails are flat.
Please contact us at (425) 450-0207 if you have additional questions or concerns.
Members Get More
- Unlimited admission for a full year.
- Members-only events like previews of new documentaries, after-hours open houses and planetarium shows.
- Passes for guests, IMAX® documentaries and laser shows.
- Members-only discounts at the Café, Store and on programs like camps, birthday parties and 21+ events.
- And much more!
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