Parking and Transportation at Pacific Science Center

Parking and Transportation Guide

Pacific Science Center is located adjacent to the Seattle Center campus. There are two entrances: through Seattle Center, near the Armory and the Mural Amphitheater and off our parking garage parallel to Denny Way. Please Note: Our South Entrance is daytime only while our North Entrance is open both daytime and evening hours.


Parking Around Seattle 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.

Parking Rates**:

  • 0–3 Hrs – $9
  • 3-5 Hrs – $11
  • 5-10 Hrs – $13
  • after 4 p.m. – $7

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. You can also utilize PayByPhone, Location 28500, to pay for parking in the Claypool Garage which opens daily at 6 a.m. and closes Sunday-Thursday at 12:30 a.m., Friday-Saturday at 2:30 a.m.

*The 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.


ReachNow Vehicles Park Free on Rooftop Level 3

ReachNow car sharing gives Seattle members access to a fleet of hundreds of BMWs, BMWi EVs, and MINIs for flexible, pay-by-the-minute, one-way trips around the city. ReachNow Members may end trips and park in any available space on the Claypool Garage rooftop level 3 for free – no need to pay at the station. Learn more at

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on Rooftop Level 3

Pacific Science Center now offers Light & Charge electric vehicle charging stations thanks to ReachNow and the BMW Group. Built by Eluminocity, these publicly accessible charging stations now are a key step forward in expanding the electric vehicle infrastructure required to increase adoption of electric vehicles in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Learn More


Public Transportation

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.


Driving Directions

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.

By Bicycle

Bike Parking: We have bike racks just steps from our North Entrance at the Seattle Center. Being in a city, we strongly recommend a bike lock.

Bikable routes to Pacific Science Center: For more information on bicycling in Seattle, please see the Seattle Department of Transportation’s SDOT Bike Web Map.



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