Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center

Launch rockets and create electric circuits in Tinker Tank. Immerse yourself in the lush Tropical Butterfly House full of hundreds of beautiful, free-flying tropical butterflies. Enter new realities in our one-of-a-kind VR experiences.

Welcome to the Pacific Science Center, the independent, nonprofit science center with a 'mission to ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking'.

This science center was first established in 1962 and has grown in both size and popularity since then. It features rotating science exhibits, laser light shows, a tropical butterfly house, a planetarium, and an IMAX movie theater...needless to say, you can certainly spend a whole day here alone! Even if you have already been here, there is always something new, with different programs, animals, and rotating exhibits daily!

While here check out exhibits such as the Tinker Tank, VR Experience, Butterfly House, Science on a Sphere, Wellbody Academy, Puget Sound Model, and so much more. What we highly suggest doing is building an 'exhibit package' for your group, allowing you to build your day as far as the VR, IMAX, laser show, and planetarium options go. The Willard Smith Planetarium provides daily live immersive shows that allow you to 'blast off to the outer reaches of the universe', and the IMAX provides two state-of-the-art theaters. Laser shows utilize a 10,000-watt concert sound system and unique and immersive audio and visual experiences.

You will likely work up an appetite during your visit, so be sure to stop by the Pacific Science Cafe, serving up boxed lunches, group lunches, and plenty of onsite options of burgers, salads, soups, sandwiches and more.