Situated under the iconic Space Needle, Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is a museum of delight, wonder, and mystery. Visitors can explore the diversity of life in a tropical butterfly house, gaze at the stars in the planetarium, test their puzzle-solving skills in the Puzzle Palooza, and explore hundreds of hands-on exhibits.
The Pacific Science Center’s mission is to inspire a lifelong interest in math, science, and technology. Occupying approximately seven acres of the north side of Seattle’s famed Seattle Center, the museum was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the architect behind the World Trade Center in New York City. Be sure to catch a movie at IMAX or one of the largest laser shows in the country at the Laser Dome.
Things to Know Before You Go
- While not aimed only at children, the Pacific Science Center is a great fit for families.
- Pair a trip with a ride to the top of the Space Needle, which stands nearby.
- Buy your tickets online and skip the line.
- The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The Pacific Science Center is located at 200 2nd Avenue North. Claypool Garage, the center’s parking lot, is at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Denny Way. Public transportation options include the Seattle Center Monorail from Westlake Center and Seattle Metro buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 24, and D Line.
When to Get There
Weekdays are typically quieter than weekdays at the Pacific Science Center, though it sees a fair number of school groups visiting during the week. Mornings are the best time to beat the crowds.
Other Seattle Center Attractions
The Pacific Science Center stands on the sprawling Seattle Center Campus. The area has many other attractions to explore, including the Space Needle, Museum of Popular Culture, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Seattle Repertory Theater.