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BrainFest: A Cerebral Celebration


Join us for an afternoon of brainy fun for all ages at PacSci. Explore hands-on activities, meet Allen Institute scientists and collaborators, learn about cutting-edge neuroscience research, and even touch a real brain!

BrainFest is included with Pacific Science Center general admission. A limited number of free general admission tickets will be given out at the door starting at 1pm when BrainFest begins. This event is a partnership of the Allen Institute and Pacific Science Center.

Mar 16, 2024

Pacific Science Center - 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109


1:00PM-5:00PM PT


General public, Students

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Celebrate Your Amazing Brain!

Discover interactive BrainFest stations throughout the Pacific Science Center. Featured activities include…

  • Join us for a special presentation with Allen Institute President and CEO Dr. Rui Costa at 1:30pm on the Live Science Stage
  • Look at real mouse and human brain samples under a microscope
  • Listen in on the electricity in your own nervous system and harness it to control a robotic claw
  • Investigate the shapes of real brain cells and make your own pipe cleaner model to take home
  • Compare different animal brains – including a T. Rex brain cast!
  • Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other brain conditions with real human brains from the UW Biorepository
  • Meet neuroscientists from the Allen Institute and University of Washington

…and much more. This family-friendly event will have something for everyone, regardless of age or science background.

Brain Awareness Week

A global campaign hosted by the Dana Foundation to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science, the Allen Institute proudly participates in Brain Awareness Week to promote our neuroscience leadership and resources, celebrate research milestones in our community, and educate our followers neuroscience research. 

Follow us on social media for our other Brain Awareness Week festivities, including an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, March 11, 2:30–4:30 (Pacific) with Allen Institute scientists.

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