Plan Your Visit


Planning your next trip to Pacific Science Center? Here are recommendations to maximize your experience and answers to frequently asked questions.

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.

If you’re visiting as a…

A Family – Plan on a full day visit to include a planetarium show, a live science stage show, or a Science on a Sphere demonstration, along with your time exploring our exhibits. Something’s always happening in our Tinker Tank and our Naked Mole Rats are always fascinating. Our IMAX® documentaries are a great experience for families of all ages. During the summer months, make sure to spend time outdoors at Water Works and have a picnic lunch under the arches. Our Curiosity Days are perfect for children of all ages. These events are opportunities to explore a new scientific topic or theme each month through hands-on activities, demonstrations and conversations with organizations and researchers. Our exhibits are tailored to engage a variety of ages.

A Teen – You’ll love the variety of music that we have inside the Laser Dome. See brilliant laser imagery performed to today’s top artists or experience a live show performed by an up and coming artist at Live in the Laser Dome. Interested in local research? Join us for a Science in the City lecture to hear from experts in the community. Or enjoy our exhibits on a Saturday where we have local scientists and researchers on the floor with hands-on activities.

As an Adult – Stop by The Studio or The Portal to Current Research. Both of these exhibit spaces rotate content every six months and feature local research on topics ranging from neuroscience to astrobiology to the science of play to surgery. Plan to visit later in the afternoon to stay for one of our Science in the City lectures. Stop by our Science on a Sphere in Building Two to explore weather data, tectonic plates, or other see other worlds.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Where can I park at the Science Center?

Pacific Science Center operates the Claypool Parking Garage on the corner of Second Avenue and Denny Way, adjacent to our campus. There are other parking lots nearby. Learn More

Where Can I Enter?

There are two entrances to Pacific Science Center. Our Denny Way entrance (open daytime hours only) and our Main Entrance (open for both daytime and evening access), located near the Space Needle on the Seattle Center side of the Science Center.

What times are your exhibits open?

During the summer months our exhibits are open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The rest of the year our hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat-Sun-Holidays. We are closed Christmas Day and our exhibits are closed Thanksgiving Day, though our theaters may be open.

Is the Planetarium included in my visit?

No. Tickets to all Planetarium shows are free for everyone, but a ticket is still required.

If you have additional questions, please call Reception at (206) 443-2001 or Guest Services at (206) 443-2844.

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Pacific Science Center Map & Guide


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