Gates Foundation Visitor Center


Arrive curious. leave inspired.

Admission is free. Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm

If you can really believe that all 7 billion people on the planet are equal to you in spirit, then you will take action to make the world more equal for everyone.

Melinda Gates
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What does it take to change the world? How can each of us make a difference?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center takes visitors of all ages on an interactive journey that brings to life the connections we share with others across the globe.

Explore inventions like a life-saving mosquito net, an ingenious personal water filter, and a storage device that can keep vaccines cool for 30 days or more. Learn about the unprecedented effort to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Immerse yourself in debates about education, health and poverty – and decide your own priorities. Tell the world what your foundation would do.

Admission is free. Drop in any time the Gates Foundation Visitor Center is open, or request a free guided tour in advance. We also offer a rich array of programs and community events, including family days, educator workshops, and student workshops. 

The Gates Foundation Visitor Center is conveniently located across the street from Seattle Center—home of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, and Pacific Science Center. 

440 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 709-3100 x7100

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Regular Hours:
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm 
Closed Sunday and Monday

Holiday Closures:
Closed on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Extended summer hours: (Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Open Sundays during Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Free admission
Onsite paid parking at Seattle Center Fifth Avenue Garage
Please note that we do not offer parking validation
Wheelchair accessible


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