Located at the Seattle Center , this hands-on museum features IMAX movies and laser shows, in addition to ever-changing ... More
Pacific Science Center
Located at the Seattle Center , this hands-on museum features IMAX movies and laser shows, in addition to ever-changing exhibits that include displays on dinosaurs, whales, robots and much more. Previous exhibits have included a tropical butterfly house and an insect village. This is a fun and educational place to take children but adults will learn a lot and enjoy themselves as well. Check website for ticket prices; package deals are also available. Children under four are not admitted to planetarium shows. There is an on-site cafe as well.
This place was such a disappointment. I went to the King Tut exhibit (do not go...they have maybe 20 items that actually relate to King Tut and they do not have the funerary mask. It is also really expensive) and it was insanely overcrowded with babies screaming, kids pushing on the display cases and setting off the alarms, and strollers everywhere blocking your path. It was a nightmare. I am a grad student in Museum Studies and I was horrified at the way this museum treats its artifacts and exhibits.
Every other exhibit they have is small, needs to be updated, and just looks sad. It is so rundown
Called to purchase tickets but because I was a reciprocal member they would not allow me to purchase the discounted exhibit tickets. Since I was out of town and wanted to make sure that I could get tickets before making the trip they would only offer me the full price ticket. It is a shame that they could not be a little more helpful. I visit a lot of science centers and this will not be one that I attend .
As someone who grew up in Seattle, one of my favorite places to go was the Pacific Science center. In the early ninties it had all sorts of cool stuff! And it still does...most of which is the same. Save for the "special exhibits" that PSC gets every once in awhile, most of it has stayed mostly unchanged, a fact that is lost on me considering their goal to deliver up to date science education to the masses. What exhibits they DO have that are accurate are rather bare bones and lack polish. Frankly the whole center is just sort of depressing at this point. The ponds that take up a large part of the exterior haven't been filled in close to two years, which is funny because I saw on the news that Microsoft donated around $3,000 to the center for that expressed purpose. I wonder, where did that money go?
On the plus side the staff is great; very friendly and informative. The demonstrations that are put on at the demonstration stage are of particular note, as you can really tell that the demonstraters have a passion for what they're doing, which is wonderful to see. Too bad their talents are lost on a place that may very well go out of business in a few years. The only reason my kids and I go anymore are for the IMAX films, which are always a treat. Other than that, sadly I can't recommend the Science Center to anyone. At least not until some MAJOR work has been done on it.
Before my husband and I got married we went here and I LOVED IT!!! It was interesting for adults and children and includes plenty of hands-on fun! When I have children I will take them there some day. The only disappointing thing was that the bike wasn't open.
I think that the Pacific Science Center is definetly a place you should consider visiting when you go to Seattle. Not only is it a lot of fun for the kids, but it is very educational. The whole family will have fun there.
Was it worth the time & money? I would say yes. It is very interesting, and many of the exhibits there are hands on. It offers a new approach on learning for kids of all ages, and adults too. I found myself wishing i had visited the Pacific Science Center sooner.
I would say if you are in Seattle, the Pacific Science Center is a very fun thing to do.
If you have been to a place like Portlands OMSI you will be quite disapointed ,it doesnt even hold hold a match. A city like Seattle should have a World class science center and this is not one... very, very sad.
Being from Houston, seeing a Roach is nothing, but I had to laugh when I saw they had them on display!
1st time we went, we had a great time. The Titanic Exhibit a few years ago was wonderful. Imax films always fun. Lots of hands on stuff for kids - even our teenagers enjoyed it. Make time to go.
I've been going to the Seattle Science Center since I was a little kid. First on school trips, then of my own accord with my extensive family.
The Science Center is a true delight. The exhibits are fun and entertaining, and the IMAX movies, the butterfly exhibit, and the planetarium are especially fun.
No matter your age, the Science Center is a fun place to visit. I would reccomend going with children, as their personal commentaries and antics make it all the more fun!
For our daughter's fourth birthday we took her to the Pacific Science Center. If we had liked it, we were thinking it would be fun to get an annual pass. Unfortunately the museum itself is severly run-down, and the number of non-functioning exhibits is really shameful. The very first thing we did was twist a dial that was supposed to make a dinosaur's jaws or head move, but it was broken. From there on many, many of the little buttons, dials, and other interactive bits were either clunky (nearly broken) or completely dead. No signs announce these problems as you wander through this sadly neglected, multi-room space. The maintenance of the building itself looks like no one has cared for years; one or two dedicated people could probably clean up a lot of the scuffs, scrappy tape and knocked-about exhibits in less than a week. There is no cohesive feel to this large, empty, darkish blast from the past of a museum. Visually there is a lot of dead space and dull theming.
The newer butterfly exhibit, while small and hot (for the butterflies to thrive - you should wear a t-shirt), is well worth visiting.
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