Address & Hours
Open 365 days a year. Hours vary by season, and special hours apply for holidays and special events; see details.
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
On downtown waterfront, below Pike Place Market
Open daily, 9:30am-5pm
Holiday hours apply on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve; see details.
Closed Christmas Day and June 5, 2015.
Visitor Center: Pier 56
5-minute walk southwest/below Pike Place Market
Departures vary by day and season; see details.
Obtain timed boarding pass at least 15 min. prior to departure.
Closed Christmas Day.
325 5th Avenue N.
At Seattle Center, near Space Needle
Summer (May 22-Sep 7, 2015): Open daily, 10am-7pm
Winter (through May 21, 2015): Open daily 10am-5pm
Seasonal hours may apply; see details.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
South Entrance address:
Open daily 9:30am
Closing times vary seasonally.
Zoo closes at 3pm on July 10, 2015, for zoo fundraiser.
Closed Christmas Day.
200 2nd Ave. N.
Under the arches near the Space Needle
Open 10am-5pm or 6pm.
Hours vary; check website for details.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Day/Night admission: two visits to the top within 24 hours. Check out the amazing view in daylight, then enjoy the sunset and lights of the city by dark.
General admission to all the aquarium’s major exhibits and frequent interpretive shows that highlight marine life from the Puget Sound region.
A one-hour narrated harbor tour that circles the Elliot Bay and Seattle Harbor, offering wonderful views of the Seattle skyline, waterfront, and Olympic and Cascade Mountains.
General admission to EMP Museum at Seattle Center located just steps from the Space Needle. Explore some of the most significant moments in rock music, science fiction, and popular culture.
General admission to the 92-acre award-winning zoo. Ticket valid for general admission only and is not valid with other promotions or offers; seasonal exhibits may require an additional fee.
General exhibit admission and one regular IMAX® movie.
General admission to the Garden, Galleries and Glasshouse, plus complimentary audio tour (smartphone required).
- Unparelelled views of Mt. Rainer to the south, the Cascade range to the East, and the majestic Olympics to the West.
- Perched atop a hill in Seattle Center, its 605-foot height appears even taller.
- Zoom in on the action below with a Swarovski telescope, for free.
- Colorful, imaginative graphics around the outer edge of the observation level and the informative displays along the interior tell you what you are looking at so you don't have to guess.
- Visitors are entertained by a fabulous assortment of charming marine mammals, including sea otters, harbors seals and fur seals.
- Frequent interpretive shows highlight marine life from the Puget Sound region.
- Two large tidepools allow visitors to reach in and feel live seastars, urchins, sea anemones and kelp.
- The Underwater Dome provides 360-degree views of Puget Sound life within a 400,000-gallon tank
- Take in amazing views of the Seattle skyline, Elliott Bay waterfront, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, shipping terminals, and historic neighborhoods.
- Expert narration offers interesting facts about waterfront piers, Seattle’s maritime history and Space Needle.
- You’ll have terrific views of the Space Needle.
- Catch a glimpse of container ships and The Washington State ferry fleet — the largest in the U.S.
- EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.
- Watch music performances and light shows in Sky Church, featuring a mammoth 60’ HD LED screen.
- Explore the tools of rock'n'roll in Sound Lab, where you can play instruments, jam out with friends in soundproof rooms, and record your own song.
- Travel to a pixelated world of wonder and play in Indie Game Revolution, and get the whole family in on the fun by playing one of our twenty featured single and multiplayer games.
- Trace the historical development of the signature instrument of rock ‘n’ roll in Guitar Gallery: The Quest for Volume, presenting 55 vintage, world-changing guitars from the 1770s to the present.
- View an original manuscript page from Game of Thrones in Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, the Vince Lombardi Trophy in We Are 12: The Seattle Seahawks and the Road to Victory, Jimi Hendrix’s hand-painted smashed guitar from his performance at London’s Saville Theatre in Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London, the alien creature suit from Alien in Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, and the world’s most extensive exhibition of memorabilia from grunge luminaries Nirvana in Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, and Klingon robes from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction.
- The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animal ambassadors, representing 300 species across the globe.
- See the world’s first sustainable penguin exhibit, using geothermal technology to cool and heat the water.
- Naturalistic habitats take you from Alaska's tundra (Northern Trail) to Australia & New Zealand to South America & Africa.
- The Temperate Forest, African Savanna and Tropical Rain Forest host a vast assortment of amazing animals.
- Zoomazium’s nature play space is perfect for kids.
- Immerse yourself in the desert coast of Peru with the state-of-the-art Humboldt penguin exhibit.
- Don't miss the new, state-of-the-art complex for tigers and sloth bears opening in May!
- Additional facilities include Historic Carousel, Rose Garden, ZooStores and Rain Forest Food Pavilion.
- The Tropical Butterfly House is warm and sunny every day of the year thanks to full-spectrum lighting.
- Learn how personal choices can positively affect our health and well-being at Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health and Wellness, a 7000-square foot permanent exhibit that presents health as a life-long process of balancing exercise, diet, proper rest and hygiene.
- Meet seven robotic dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era in Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time.
- Learn about new advances in health scientific innovation at The Studio.
- CityPASS includes one regular IMAX® movie.
- The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is the 40-foot tall Glasshouse, covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space. The installation in the Glasshouse is an expansive 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber, one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The perception of the artwork varies greatly with natural light and as the day fades into night.
- The eight galleries and three Drawing Walls offer a comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s significant series of work.
- The Garden features paths lined with trees, plants and flowers. Crimson camellias, scarlet daylilies, dogwoods, hardy fuchsias and handkerchief trees provide the setting for the Crystal and Icicle Towers and an installation of Reeds on Logs. At the center of this lush landscape, on a bed of black mondo grass, is the Sun, an explosion of yellow and orange.
- The Theater presents short videos on Chihuly’s working process — interviews, glassblowing, working onsite doing installations and exhibitions.
Please read each attraction's instructions on how and where to present your CityPASS booklet. Some attractions may exchange your CityPASS ticket for one of their own.
Present booklet at the Space Needle Ticket Booth or to an admissions agent to reserve your day/night timed tickets. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the ticket area Will Call window to skip the main ticket line.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the member/prepaid ticket line to skip main ticket line.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher for a timed boarding pass at either the Argosy visitor center at Pier 56 or the ticket booth at Pier 55. Please note: October 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, due to Sea Wall construction, present CityPASS booklet or voucher for a timed boarding pass at the Argosy Cruises ticket kiosk at Pier 59.
Present CityPASS booklet at the admission desk to obtain an admission receipt or to any gallery entry to obtain a museum sticker. Exchange vouchers for a CityPASS booklet at the main admissions desk.
Present CityPASS booklet at the main entry point to skip the main ticket line. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS at any admission ticket window.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at any entrance, excluding Member or Express entrance, for general admission, to select your regular IMAX® movie and to purchase any exhibit/IMAX® upgrade tickets.
Present booklet at exhibition entrance. Present voucher at the Admissions counter located in the main entrance lobby.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Spectacle: The Music Video
The first museum exhibition to celebrate the art and history of the music video through sight and sound. Step into super-sized cinematic productions of today such as Steriogram’s Walkie Talkie Man directed by Michel Gondry, the crowdsourced Johnny Cash Project, and a special section dedicated to Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
Tillicum Village Upgrade: Exchange your Argosy Harbor Tour CityPASS ticket for a Tillicum Village upgrade including narrated cruise, buffet salmon bake, and native-inspired dance show. Adults and seniors, $57 (regularly $79); ages 4-12, $23 (regularly $30); ages 3 and under, free. See coupon in booklet.
Locks Cruise Upgrade: Exchange your Argosy Harbor Tour CityPASS ticket for a Locks Cruise upgrade, a 2-and-a-half hour tour that connects the salt water of Puget Sound with the fresh water of Lake Union via the Hiram Chittenden Locks. Enjoy live narration of Seattle's history while viewing the historic waterfront. Adults and seniors, $19; ages 4-12, $12; ages 3 and under, free. See coupon in booklet.
Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume: January 31-October 4, 2015. Explore the trials and triumphs in dressing the Star Wars™ universe in this special behind-the-scenes look at the costumes that shaped the identities of the most iconic characters of our time. Presenting nearly 60 hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, the exhibition uncovers the intricate design processes that brought these visions to reality.
Note: Admission to Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume is not included with general admission. CityPASS pass holders may purchase timed tickets to this special exhibition onsite for $8 upon arrival. Please have your CityPASS booklet with you as proof of admission ticket purchase. Admission times are subject to availability.
Historic Carousel: Cost for CityPASS holders: $2 per ride.
Feed the Penguins: Offered daily (Nov-Apr). Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 (children 2 and under, free).
Feed the Birds at Willawong Station: Seedsticks available weekends, holidays and school holidays; $1 each.
Feed the Giraffes: Offered twice daily (May-September, weather dependent). Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 (children 2 and under, free).
Feed the Elephants: Offered daily (May-September). Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 (children 2 and under, free).
Evening Laser Shows: Cost for CityPASS holders: Thurs $6, Fri-Sun $9.75 (no shows Mon-Wed).
Planetarium or Laser Matinee: Cost for CityPASS holders: $3.
Special engagement feature length IMAX® films: Cost for CityPASS holders: a reduced price of only $9. Click here for current movies and schedules.
POMPEII: The Exhibition: February 7 – May 25, 2015 at Pacific Science Center; Final U.S. Showing.
Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including one of the largest collection of body casts ever presented.
In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved. POMPEII: The Exhibition tells the tale of this city, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. From garden frescoes and marble statues to helmets and shin guards of the day's Gladiators, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings — you will experience daily life in this bustling Roman city. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano's catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, culminating in the reveal of 6 full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time.
Your CityPASS booklet includes admission to Pacific Science Center’s permanent exhibit collection and one regular IMAX movie. CityPASS customers can add POMPEII: The Exhibition, a special travelling exhibit, to their visit for $10 Monday-Thursday or $12 Friday-Sunday. Tickets are timed entry and must be purchased onsite at Pacific Science Center. They cannot be reserved in advance online or by phone as your CityPASS booklet must be presented at box office.
Visit pacificsciencecenter.org for more details about POMPEII: The Exhibition.
Advice for Visitors
During high travel seasons such as holidays and summer, entry lines can be longer than usual. Please keep this in mind when planning your visits to the attractions.
- Visit before 11am or after 7pm when it's less crowded.
- Show your CityPASS booklet at the Needlicious Fudge Center and get 1/2 pound of fudge free when you buy 1 pound.
- Visit weekdays after 1pm during winter and weekdays before 11am during summer when it's less crowded.
- Don't miss the dive shows in the Window on Washington Waters and the Underwater Dome. The divers wear special masks so they can talk to the visitors.
- The mammal feeding times also include informative training demonstrations.
- Get your hand stamped and you can leave and re-enter the aquarium all day.
- Parking at city meters and pay stations is free on Sundays and certain holidays. When possible, take public transportation and avoid parking hassles.
- Get 15% off your purchase at Seattle Aquarium gift store. See coupon in booklet.
- The first tour of the day is usually the least-crowded.
- Parking availability is usually best during the early part of the day.
- Arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure to give yourself ample time for the ticket and boarding process.
- For the best views, coming and going, head to the top and sit on the city side (your right, when facing the front of the boat).
- If it’s a sunny day, grab a seat outside and don’t forget your camera.
- Conveniently located at the Seattle Center alongside several other attractions including the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center.
- EMP is easily accessible by many bus routes, or hop on the historic Seattle Center Monorail, which departs every 10 minutes from Westlake Center downtown and from Seattle Center.
- Parking is convenient with a lot adjacent to the museum, and a multi-level covered garage across the street on 5th Avenue.
- Check out Jimi Hendrix performance videos and more all day in JBL Theater.
- Get $5 off purchases of over $35 at EMP stores, plus a free set of limited edition EMP guitar picks; see coupon in booklet.
- The least-crowded time to visit is weekday afternoons after 1pm.
- The free Woodland Park Zoo iPhone or Android App is a great way to enhance your Zoo experience; details and download.
- CityPASS admission includes one regular IMAX® movie in the Boeing or PACCAR Theaters; reserve your show time at the box office. Special engagement feature-length IMAX® films require a reduced rate upgrade fee of $9. Click here for current movies and schedules.
- Experience Pacific Science Center like never before with the new mixby app, providing fresh content about some of your favorite exhibits, plus special offers and a platform for sharing stories, photos and ideas with fellow guests; see details and download.
- Check listings at the Exhibition entrance for tour schedules and daily Spotlight Talks.
- Complimentary digital photography provided.
- The amount of time you spend in the galleries depends upon you, as the visit is self-paced; however, the average amount of time most visitors spend viewing the artwork in the Exhibition Hall, Garden and Glasshouse is 1-2 hours.
- Chihuly Garden and Glass is a destination for families and guests of all ages. That said, due to the nature of the exhibition, please ensure that those under the age of 14 are accompanied by an adult.
Parking: Valet parking (at Space Needle); Seattle Center lots nearby.
Dining: SkyCity revolving restaurant & SkyCafé
Gift Shop: SpaceBase Gifts
Parking: Metered on-street parking available, as well as nearby lots and city parking garages.
Dining: Aquarium Café
Accessibility: All regular exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
Self-Guide: Cell phone audio tour available.
Gift Shop: Seattle Aquarium Store
Coat Check: Complimentary coat/package check available.
Parking: Metered on-street parking is available, as well as nearby lots and city parking garages.
Dining: Snacks, sandwiches, soft drinks, beer and wine available on board.
Accessibility: All vessels are wheelchair friendly. Please call (206) 623-1445 to notify Argosy of any special-assistance needs prior to cruises so they may provide appropriate assistance upon arrival.
Gift Shop: Souvenirs available in onboard gift area.
Parking: On-street parking and Seattle Center lots nearby. For more information, visit Seattle Center transportation website or call (206) 233-3989.
Dining: POP Kitchen + Bar
Accessibility: Fully accessible to disabilities; on monorail line.
Gift Shop: EMP Stores
Checkroom: Complimentary guest bag and coat check.
Parking: Lots at each entrance; $5.25 per day (pay at parking kiosk machines).
Dining: Rain Forest Food Pavilion, Pacific Blue Chowder House; multiple snack shacks.
Accessibility: Fully accessible. Non-electric wheelchairs available at south entrance, $10.
Gift Shop: ZooStore (south and west entrances), 9:30am-closing, daily.
Strollers: Available for rent at south and west entrance visitor assistance: single strollers, $6; double strollers, $8; wagons, $9.
Parking: James Albert Claypool Memorial Garage, located at 2nd Ave North and Denny Way
Dining: Pacific Science Center Café
Gift Shop: Pacific Science Center Store
Parking: Mercer Garage, located at Third Ave N and Roy Street; First Ave N Garage, located between John and Thomas Streets; or Fifth Ave N Garage,located at Fifth Ave N and Republican Street.
Valet parking is available at the base of the Space Needle.
Dining: Collections Café
Self-Guide: Self-guided audio tour
Gift Shop: The Bookstore
Photography: Still photography and video are allowed from a handheld device. Photography of objects in the exhibition is permitted for personal, non-distributional, non-commercial use. Please, no flashes, tripods monopods or video cameras in the galleries.
Cell Phones: Speaking on cell and speaker-enabled phones is not permitted in the galleries. Cell phone conversations are limited to the Gardens.
Coat Check: There is limited free coat check located at all entrances. All parcels, umbrellas and bags larger than 11" x 15" must be checked.
Strollers: Umbrella strollers are permitted in the galleries.
Driving Directions: From I-5, take exit 167 (Seattle Center) or use the Monorail from downtown's Westlake Mall.
Metro Transit: King County Metro Transit offers many bus routes to take you within a 15 minute walk of the Aquarium.
Metro Transit: King County Metro Transit offers many bus routes to take you within walking distance of Piers 55 and 56.
Metro Transit: EMP is served by many Metro bus routes including 3,4, and 16 with frequent connections to downtown and surrounding areas. Also very accessible by Monorail.
Metro Transit: Take the #5 bus from downtown directly to the zoo.
Driving Direction2: From I-5, take exit 167.
Metro Transit: Buses stop off at the entrance, including routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 19 and 24.
Driving Directions: Accessible from I-5 via exit 167.
Monorail: Accessible via Monorail from downtown's Westlake Center.
Unscheduled group visits may create a delay in entry. For your convenience, here is list of attractions with specific group requirements. We strongly recommend that you contact them prior to your visit based on the group sizes indicated below. Please feel welcome to also contact attractions not listed here to ensure a smooth entry.
Groups of 20 or more: Call (206) 386-4353.
Groups of 15 or more: Call (206) 676-3158.
Groups of 15 or more: Call (206) 770-2766.
Groups of 10 or more: Call (206) 443-3611.
King County Metro Transit
Seattle Center Monorail
Seattle Center Monorail travels a single route from Westlake Center to Seattle Center about every 10 minutes. Details here.
Sound Transit provides rapid and affordable light-rail train connections between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and downtown Seattle, with 11 stops between the airport and Westlake Station in downtown Seattle. The trip from the airport to downtown Seattle takes 37 minutes. Details here.
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