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Seattle's Tropical Butterfly House

The Pacific Science Center is home to hundreds of butterflies from around the world.

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male scarlet swallowtail at Seattle's Tropical Butterfly House, image
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A male scarlet swallowtail rests on a flower at the Pacific Science Center.

There's one place in Seattle that's always warm and bright even on drizzly autumn days. Temperatures inside the Tropical Butterfly House at the Pacific Science Center hover in the low 80s, and full-spectrum lights simulate the dazzling sunshine favored by exotic inhabitants such as this male scarlet swallowtail, named for the vibrant red pattern on the underside of its wings. Hundreds of other butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas sip nectar from more than 100 species of tropical plants. The center also features live reptiles, a saltwater tide pool, and robotic dinosaurs.

AAA members save 10 percent on the price of Pacific Science Center combination tickets, which include admission plus an Imax movie. For details, call (206) 443-2001 or visit

Photography by David H. Collier

This article was first published in September 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.