The Pacific Science Center

200 2nd Ave N Seattle

Getting to Know the Seattle Skyline/The Pacific Science Center
Written By VAMONDE Seattle


Pacific Science Center (PacSci) is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle and has been a gateway to access science education and innovation for more than 50 years. Located under the arches in Seattle Center, PacSci’s campus features five buildings of hands-on science exhibits and activities, two state-of-the-art IMAX® theaters, laser light shows, and a planetarium. PacSci's mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. PacSci’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year.

Designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, PacSci began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair. Following the World's Fair, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private, not-for-profit Pacific Science Center - the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010, it was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.

Laser Dome

At 80 feet in diameter, experience the longest operating domed laser theater in the U.S. See brilliant laser imagery performed live with spectra of color and effects by the country’s foremost laser artists and all mixed during the show is a fusion of 10,000 watts of digital sound.

IMAX® Theaters

PacSci is the home of Seattle’s ultimate IMAX experience and the largest screen in Washington with two state-of-the-art theaters: PACCAR and Boeing. The PACCAR Theater holds 218 seats for 3D movies, 295 seats for 2D, 321 seats for lectures, and has a screen 35 feet high and 60 feet wide. The Boeing Theater holds 373 seats and has a screen 60 feet high and 60 feet wide. PacSci hosts both educational documentaries and feature films.

Tropical Butterfly House

The Tropical Butterfly House features 4,000 square feet of warm temperatures year-round filled with 50-60 different species of free-flying butterflies and colorful flowers. See new butterflies emerge each week from their chrysalis and discover something new during each visit.

Willard Smith Planetarium

Originally installed in 1977, the Willard Smith Planetarium has hosted countless families, adults, kids, and school groups. The projector system allows Science Interpreters to present up-to-the-minute NASA photographs, research, and movies. It also gives guests the opportunity to travel from the Pacific Northwest to the edge of the universe and back again within the span of an hour.


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