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Pacific Science Center partly reopening with interactive exhibit about hockey

Autumn exhibit starts what Science Center is calling its "renewal," not a full reopening.

For anyone who has been wondering about Pacific Science Center reopening, we have some news:

A special, interactive exhibit about hockey will launch what Pacific Science Center is calling its “renewal.”

“HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever,” will open to the public Oct. 18, 2021. This coincides with the start of the first NHL season of the new Seattle Kraken.

This will be the world premiere of the touring exhibit. It is described as highly interactive, focusing on the science, history and culture of hockey. It will include local content about hockey’s history and future in Seattle. In addition, there will be an emphasis on both organizations’ commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and sustainability.

Ticket sales will open to science center members and Kraken season ticket holders on Monday, Aug. 2, and to the public a week later on Aug. 9. (Members will have access to a preview weekend Oct. 16-17 before the exhibit opens to the public.)

The science center’s ‘renewal’ plan

The rest of Pacific Science Center will not be open. The center has been closed to the public during the pandemic but offered programming online. It is taking a phased approach to its renewal. Digital and virtual offerings will continue and will expand. However, spokesperson Danielle Cobb explained: “We are focused on evolving as an organization, not returning to the prior normal.”

“Our renewal includes identifying the best ways to use our facility, creating a high-quality guest experience, and ensuring that PacSci is economically sustainable,” Cobb said in an email to Seattle’s Child.

She said that will take place in phases, and the public will via involved via surveys and more. Much is undecided, but some goals are clear, she explained. They include: advancing anti-racism, creating joint programming with community groups and resuming the Science on Wheels program. In addition, the science center plans to revamp its membership program. Finally, there are plans to install a lighting system on the center’s iconic arches.

In the meantime, “We’re very excited to have the public visit us in-person” for the hockey exhibit, she said.

More on the hockey exhibit

The Montreal Science Centre, the National Hockey League and its players union helped put this exhibit together.

It looks at the physics of hockey, its history in Seattle and elsewhere, the role of women in hockey and more.

Visitors can walk through a replica hockey locker room and test their hockey knowledge and skills. Memorabilia will include jerseys, masks and equipment, both contemporary and historical.

It will highlight the Seattle Kraken’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and community and Climate Pledge Arena’s sustainability focus.

The exhibit will be at Pacific Science Center through Feb. 27, 2022.

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.