50 Years PosterSEATTLE, WA - Fifty years to the day after the first guest walked under the arches of Pacific Science Center, the Science Center will mark the golden occasion by turning back time and offering 1962 admission rates for guests on October 22, 2012. In addition, the first guest to enter the Science Center in 1962 will be on hand to give one lucky guest a lifetime membership to Pacific Science Center.

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Nearly seven million people of all ages came to explore the wonders of science and after the fair closed, on October 22, 1962, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center. On that day, Gordon Russell, 14 years old at the time, raced ahead of the crowds to be first inside, and was handed a lifetime membership by Edward E. Carlson, the Seattle businessman who spearheaded efforts for the Seattle World's Fair.

On Monday, October 22, Pacific Science Center will mark this milestone by offering special 1962 exhibits admission prices: $1 for adults and $0.50 for children. Admission to King Tut is not included.

At 11 a.m., Pacific Science Center's President and CEO, Bryce Seidl, will welcome guests outside the north entrance and join Russell for a drawing to give a lifetime membership to one lucky recipient. Guests must be present to win. After the drawing, guests will enjoy a tasty and exciting Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream demonstration.

About Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center has been inspiring creative, critical thinking among Washington residents and visitors from around the globe since the 1962 World's Fair. Dr. Dixy Lee Ray, an early director, set the vision for our institution: "We would pioneer a great experiment to show that the essence and aims of science could be widely appreciated in the general population." This vision catalyzed our first 50 years.

Looking ahead to the next 50 years, Pacific Science Center will be a public forum for great conversations, inquiry and innovation, helping to drive creative and critical thinking in our region. We envision an expansive network of facilities and programs, enticing people of all ages to learn and explore. Under the arches, at our home in Seattle, we'll continue to welcome more than one million visitors each year and be among the top attended science museums in the nation. We'll expand our reach to hundreds of thousands more people with our provocative lectures, community discussions with scientists, and thrilling classroom programs in every county of the state.

Science can inspire everyone's hopes and dreams in any field. Pacific Science Center provides the experiences that stimulate ongoing inquiry, fueling the innovation our future demands. All over Washington, people of all ages are hungry for these kinds of experiences, which is why we're expanding our award- winning programs and creating new ones.

As a private not-for-profit, Pacific Science Center brings science to life. We move people to wonder, to ask questions, understand and create a better future.

For more information, call Katelyn Del Buco at (206) 269-5728 or email


Katelyn Del Buco
PR & Marketing Specialist Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 269-5728 / (831) 332-3631(cell)

Crystal Clarity
Director of Marketing and Communications Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 443-3659