Museum Magic

Pacific Science Center Reopens After a 2-Year Closure

The Seattle Center mainstay debuts new exhibits and brings back old favorites.

By Seattle Met Staff July 12, 2022

The Live Science Stage returns in a blaze of glory.

It's been two long years, but Pacific Science Center is finally open again after it first shuttered its doors in March 2020. The interactive museum partially opened last fall for a special hockey exhibit, but as its neighbor Seattle Children's Museum welcomed guests back in spring, PacSci remained dormant until just earlier this month.

"We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to PacSci for brand new experiences as well as familiar ones that our community knows and loves," PacSci CEO Will Daugherty said in a statement. 

Tinkering in progress.

Visitors will find plenty of familiar attractions from Before Times: the Tropical Butterfly House and its 1,000 species of butterflies, the hands-on Tinker Tank Makerspace, the planetarium, and the ever-popular dinosaur exhibit. Live science demos are also back for regular shows throughout the day and, for the first time, daytime laser dome shows are included in a general admission ticket.

One thing hasn't changed: learning is still fun at PacSci.

That doesn't mean PacSci was just letting its exhibits gather dust. During the closure, the museum added updated features on augmented reality—a must for children of the digital age—as well as the new exhibit Water's Extreme Journey, which follows a drop of water through our planet's ecosystem. 

Perhaps of most interest for movie buffs, PacSci's two IMAX theaters are open once again to screen everything from blockbusters to documentaries—all on a screen that's six stories tall. 

PacSci's back to its unique brand of facilitating education through play.

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