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 6, 2014.
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 24-Sep 2): Open daily, 10am-7pm
Winter (Sep 3-May 23): 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 1, 2014, 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 this all-encompassing aviation experience including the Great Gallery, Airpark, Lear Gallery, Personal Courage Wing, Memorial Bridge, Red Barn, and most special exhibits.
- 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.
- Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic gives you the chance to experience hands-on installations that include world building, mapmaking, and a life-sized animatronic dragon; gaze upon legendary artifacts from literature, video games, and comics; and see celebrated costumes from TV and the silver screen including The Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Labyrinth.
- Be a star at On Stage, a virtual concert experience where you’re under the bright lights, in front of screaming fans.
- Watch music performances and light shows in Sky Church, featuring a mammoth HD LED screen.
- Explore the spectrum of cinematic horror in Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.
- Iconic sci-fi artifacts on display include an Imperial Dalek from Doctor Who, the Star Trek command chair, and Neo's coat from The Matrix Reloaded.
- 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.
- Additional facilities include Rose Garden 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.
- Step aboard the Space Shuttle Trainer, formerly the training apparatus for all Space Shuttle astronauts and now a permanent fixture at The Museum of Flight.
- Walk the aisles of Air Force One and the Concorde.
- Be inspired by those who solved the mysteries of powered flight, flew high, broke the sound barrier, and traveled into space.
- Exhibits are interactive — climb right into cockpits.
- See the only remaining piece of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed 10-E Electra, featured in the exhibit In Search of Amelia.
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.
With a CityPASS booklet, proceed to the General Admission Lane to skip the main ticket line. During busy times, an employee will be available to assist you. 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 your CityPASS booklet or voucher at the member express desk or general admission desk.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
EMP is proud to present the world's most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle grunge luminaries, Nirvana. The exhibit features rare and unseen artifacts and photography from the band, their crews and families.
Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London
Featuring lyrics, personal instruments, original photographs, outrageous outfits, and rare concert footage, Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London invites viewers to discover how Hendrix achieved prominence across the pond.
Spectacle: The Music Video
The first museum exhibition to celebrate the art and history of the music video through sight and sound. Discover the black and white musical Soundies of the 1940s featuring big band, jazz, and swing stars, and the French-made Scopitones of the 1960s. Relive MTV masterpieces and witness how megastars like Madonna, David Bowie, and Michael Jackson shaped—and re-shaped—their creative identities. 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—winners of four GRAMMY® awards including Best New Artist.
Memory: Past Meets Present
Open through February 16, 2015
What did you do yesterday? What do you remember from last year? What memories guide your decisions and actions today? How do we remember? Why do we forget? Learn all about the science of memory in Memory: Past Meets Present.
The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!
October 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015
This exhibit presents an expansive collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Go places you've never imagined and explore the real science behind the extraordinary.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
Chihuly Garden and Glass: Use the coupon in your CityPASS booklet to receive up to $5 off general admission.
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, $52 (regularly $79); ages 4-12, $18 (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, $17; ages 4-12, $10; ages 3 and under, free. See coupon in booklet.
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.
Space Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment Tours: An hour-long exclusive tour of the Space Shuttle Trainer crew compartment, and an interactive Robotics experience where you can test your Canadarm skills, just like your Space Shuttle heroes. Cost for CityPASS holders: Adult, $30; Child, $25.
Audio Guides: Available in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and English. Cost for CityPASS holders: $5.
The i360 Flight Simulator: Two-seat Flight Simulators: A fully interactive and intensely fun experience where a "pilot" and "gunner" can engage in simulated air combat via individual joystick controls. You can chose from 9 different aircraft from WWI, WWII and modern jets! Cost for CityPASS holders: $8.
The Blue Angels Experience: 4D-X ride13-seat Simulator: Strap yourself into the cockpit of a Blue Angels F-18 Hornet and experience the speed and thrills of a Blue Angels Air Show. Cost for CityPASS holders: $6.
William M. Allen 3D Theater: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5.
Space Junk 3D: Fifty years after launching our dreams into space, we're left with a troubling legacy: a growing ring of orbiting debris that threatens the safety of earth's orbits. SPACE JUNK is a visually explosive journey of discovery that weighs the solutions aimed at restoring our planet's orbits.
Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag 3D: The Museum hosts the world premiere of Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag, the exciting Stephen Low Company and K2 Communications documentary adventure in 3D, with a pilot's-view experience into the danger and complexity of high speed combat flying during Red Flag international air combat flight training exercises in the Nevada desert.
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 1 p.m. during winter and weekdays before 11 a.m. 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. 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.
- Enhance your museum experience by purchasing an Audio Guide at the ticketing desk on your way in.
- 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.
- Weekday afternoons are the least-crowded. On weekends, Sunday afternoons are likely to have lightest weekend crowds.
- Visit weekdays before 11am when it's less crowded.
- Stop by on your way to or from Sea-Tac airport – it's only 10 minutes away.
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: Museum lot, free
Dining: Wings Café
Accessibility: Handicapped accessible
Self-Guide: Gallery Audio Guides, $5 per person
Gift Shop: Museum of Flight Store
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 connection 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: From I-5, take exit 158.
Metro Transit: Take route 124.
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.
Groups of 10 or more: Call (206) 768-7104.
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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