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The butterflies are back! So are the dinosaurs, the planetarium and the live science shows. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Science Center)

Pacific Science Center is back open in Seattle; here’s what to know

What you can do, and how to get a discount on admission!

Pacific Science Center is open!

After a two-year-plus pandemic closure, the popular attraction and Seattle landmark reopened Thursday, July 6 (2022). It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.) Pro tip: Buy tickets in advance online and get a 20% discount!

Visitors will find old favorites and new features at the science center, located within Seattle Center.

  • The Tropical Butterfly House lets people wander through a habitat featuring more than 1,000 butterflies plus tropical plants.
  • Explore space with immersive Planetarium shows three times a day.
  • Build and invent to your heart’s content in the expanded Tinker Tank Makerspace.
  • Everybody loves to journey through time in the walk-through dinosaur exhibit.
  • Laser Dome shows are now included with admission (timed tickets required, though).
  • The Live Science Stage is back, as are new and updated “augmented reality” exhibits.
  • In a new feature, Water’s Extreme Journey, visitors go on a maze-style adventure in the quest for clean water.


Science center is open: details

Here’s how to buy tickets in advance. A 24-hour advance purchase gets you a discount, so a youth (ages 3-17) ticket will be $17.95 instead of $19.95 and an adult (18-65) ticket will be $22.95 (instead of $27.97)

IMAX shows are extra. The reopening will feature “Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D” and “Into America’s Wild 3D.” “Thor: Love and Thunder” is coming soon.

Important to know: The Denny Way entrance is closed. Access to the science center is via the North Entrance, inside Seattle Center near the Armory and the Mural Amphitheater. Here’s a map.


Pacific Science Center is a longtime independent, not-for-profit institution. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down many in-person facilities and activities, the science center offered extensive digital and virtual programs. It also temporarily, partially reopened last winter with a special exhibit on hockey.

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.