Learn something new at the Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center is an independent, non-profit science museum. It sits on 7.1 acres of land located on the south side of the Seattle Center. Its original buildings were the United States Science Pavilion, part of the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle. After the fair ended, the museum was re-opened as the Pacific Science Center.

The Pacific Science Center is located on the Seattle Center campus next to the Space Needle. Today the museum is composed of eight buildings, including two IMAX theaters (one of only a few places in the world with more than one IMAX theater), one of the world's largest Laser Dome theaters, a tropical butterfly house, a planetarium, and hundreds of hands-on science exhibits. In addition to the many permanent exhibits, the Pacific Science Center has offered a constant rotation of traveling exhibits, including notable exhibits such as "China: 7,000 Years of Discovery", "Titanic: the Artifacts Exhibit", "Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls", and "King Tut".

Here's what you'll see:

The Pacific Science Center was built for the World's Fair in 1962. It's great for kids and adults alike. Here are some of the fun activities that you can do there:


Inside the Boeing IMAX Theater


The Pacific Science Center offers two IMAX movie screens, the larger of which is the Boeing IMAX Theater. The enormous screen (it's over four stories tall!) offers an incredible viewing experience for many first run 3D movies, along with educational movies filmed specifically for the IMAX screen. Be sure to check the listings to see what's playing on the day of your visit.


The laser show in the Seattle Laser Dome


Prepare to be dazzled by the laser shows in the Seattle Laser Dome, located in the Pacific Science Center. Here you can watch lights dance around to some of the greatest rock artists of all time, such as Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Bob Marley. The show is constantly changing and new artists are being added all the time, so you are sure to find a show that fits your musical tastes.


A blue butterfly resting on a plant in the Butterfly House


The Butterfly House is a climate controlled greenhouse where hundreds of tropical butterflies reside. You're sure to have lots of close encounters with these beautiful insects as they flit around you and land on your head and arms. It's a great chance to get an up-close look at these incredible creatures.


Dinosaurs on display at the Pacific Science Center


There are many, many other hands-on exhibits for you to explore within its eight large buildings, such as the dinosaurs exhibit, a planetarium, and the Body Works exhibit. Kids will love making their shadows freeze on the Shadow Wall. Additionally, most major touring exhibits make a stop at the Pacific Science Center, so be sure to check out what is currently on display.