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“A Trip into Science”

Pacific Science Center
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Pacific Science Center General Exhibit Admission
Ranked #32 of 438 things to do in Seattle
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Get hands-on in our Tinker Tank maker space, wander among fluttering tropical butterflies, immerse yourself in a giant-screen IMAX film, explore distant galaxies and meet local scientists and researchers. Don't miss a show in our popular Laser Dome that features a brand new laser system filling the dome with vibrant light and color! Every visit to Pacific Science Center is unique, engaging and fun for adults and children alike. In addition to our daily live science demonstrations, IMAX films, planetarium and laser shows, we feature traveling exhibits that vary throughout the year. Coming up we'll feature Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor (April 8-September 4, 2017). Discover this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to investigate the scientific underpinnings of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time: the terracotta warriors. Delve into the science and technology of priceless artifacts, behold real figures from the terracotta army and unearth the mystery hidden in the tomb of the First Emperor.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Fairbanks, Alaska
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A Trip into Science”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

We began at the Spy portion and were fascinated at the turn of every corner. Although my daughter had wished to experience the interactive part, she didn't have the opportunity due to the amount of students on their field trip. The Imax entrance was difficult to locate, but the movie was great. Afterwards, the insects were luring us into their side of the center where it was fun filled and educational. Unfortunately we didn't have the appropriate amount of time to experience the rest of the center, but the parts we saw were nice. For the best effects, plan for it to be a day long visit.

Visited June 2014
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Murray, Utah
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Dated, seem glory days, with great potential”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

The size of the exhibit is large, but a bit disoriented. Like most of the exhibits, they have seen better days. Most are old and dated. I have nothing against history and old stuff. I like Eiffel Tower very much. But this place could use some TLC. Rust is seen in many places. A lot of empty space. Little navigational information. Workers use noisy blowers during visit hours. Some exhibits are not working properly.

I really want to love this place. I would not mind to come back again if things are getting better.

Visited June 2014
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“For small kids only”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

I was a bit disappointed with this attraction. It seems to cater to small kids, nothing for teenagers to see or do. It's more of an inside playground than a science museum.

Visited May 2014
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Richland, Washington
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163 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Good IMAX - SPY Exhibit was worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Stopped by here to check out the SPY - Espionage exhibit which was very fascinating. There is an actual Enigma Machine from WWII, along with other spy gadgets and documents throughout history. Well worth it is you enjoy this. The price was higher than what I thought, but bought an IMAX film in addition to the exhibit.

The Boeing IMAX is very nice - comfortable seating. Concessions in the lobby of the Boeing IMAX had a good selection - prices similar to movie theaters.

Visited June 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Everyone is right, busted down exhibits.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Ok experience, butterfly house is nice.

I'm not surprised about the condition of the exhibits in the "City that hates children".

As a side note on the city from another review I did:

"Gotta love Washington State, marijuana is legal, but don't you dare take your minor to eat at an establishment were they sell alcohol. By the way, nothing to do specifically with the museum, Seattle is one of the most kid unfriendly cities (actually had several instances of hostility towards children) we have ever been to in the United States. We've been there three times with children and the same bad experience every time. You can bring dogs every where, but please leave your children at home. Too bad, city is located in a really pretty section of our country. Not the best city to go to if you have a family."

Visited June 2014
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