About the Center
The Pacific Science Center is an independent, non-profit science museum based in Seattle. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki for the 1962 World’s Fair. After the World’s Fair closed, the museum was re-opened as Pacific Science Center.
How to get a pass:
Admission: There are different prices based on the exhibits you want to see. You can buy tickeys online or at the entrance when you arrive.
Mon-Fri – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat/Sun/Holidays – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Parking: Street parking and public garages, 15 different bus routes available, and don’t forget the Monorail ($2.50) from Westlake.
Recap of my visit:
It was the first sunny day in two weeks and I knew I couldn’t waste this opportunity so I headed downtown and I went to the Pacific Science Center. Located at 200 Second Avenue North, the center aims to ignite curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.
And of course, don’t forget the Science Playground to get all of the wiggles out. For little ones, a must see is the Preschool Allstars Planetarium show for kids ages 2-5 years. (As an adult I enjoyed this show).
Tip: As with many other museums: wear comfortable shoes and dress comfortably in layers. You will be there for hours and it can get crowded and cold in some areas, so prepare accordingly.
My last stop was The Tropical Butterfly House. Since it rains a lot here, Seattle skies don’t provide the light necessary for tropical species to thrive. This 4,000 sq. ft exhibit provides a glimpse into a part of the world very unlike Seattle — a warm, sunny place where colorful butterflies are active 365 days a year. Supplemental heat, light and humidity are provided to sustain a tropical ecosystem among the cool, gray days of the Pacific Northwest.
The Laser Dome
At 80 feet in diameter, experience the largest and longest operating domed laser theater in the world. See brilliant laser imagery performed live with spectra of color and effects by the world’s foremost laser artists and all mixed during the show in a fusion of 15,000 watts of digital sound.
Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome now operates with a Totally. New. Laser. System. This new system uses nine Rainbow FX laser projectors, filling the dome with vibrant color and light. This is the most full color lasers permanently installed in any Laser Dome in America.
There are two theatres: The Boeing IMAX Theater is the Ultimate IMAX Experience on Seattle’s biggest screen. With a six stories high (60 feet) and 80 feet wide, with 12,000 watts of surround sound. The 373-seat theater features plush, comfortable seating, a full-service concession stand, and an enthusiastic staff trained to make your IMAX experience great. The PACCAR IMAX Theater boasts a screen measuring 35 feet in height and 60 feet from side to side. In operation since 1979 and completely renovated in 2011, the theater seats 218 for 3D movies, 295 for 2D and 321 for lectures and other such events.
By the time I got through those exhibits, I needed a break, for multiple reasons. It also takes you several hours to absorb it all.
Where to Eat:
There are lots of great restaurants all within walking distance of the science center, which makes things easy even on drizzly days. So leave the car in the lot, and break out the stroller for a spin around the Seattle Center.
In summary, the Pacific Science Center is easily one of the most incredible museums I’ve ever visited, and I strongly believe EVERYONE should visit.
For more information, head to their website: www.pacificsciencecenter.org, and then go visit!