Gates Foundation Visitor Center

Events Calendar



Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm
Book a Free Tour
The Gates Foundation Visitor Center welcomes groups of all kinds to schedule a free guided tour—from school groups and youth organizations to senior groups, international delegations, and families.
October 4, 2014
Innovation Day

Can innovation impact issues in global health and development? Come discover world-changing ideas at Innovation Day on October 4th. Admission is free for all ages.

  • See inspiring inventions designed to help improve lives around the world
  • Meet student innovators
  • Design & create your own tools to change the world
  • Explore hands-on activities for the whole family
Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 2pm to 3pm
Join a Free Public Tour
Join a staff member for an hour-long interactive, guided experience of the Gates Foundation Visitor Center. All drop-in visitors are welcomed to join our public tours. Advance registration is not required. Admission is free.
October 4-31, 2014
Grand Challenges in Global Health Showcase

What would it take to prepare a vaccine that doesn’t require refrigeration?  Or discover a new way to achieve healthy births for families around the world? Starting on October 4th, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center will feature a special installation of innovative solutions to global health and development obstacles, highlighting some of most revolutionary ideas fostered by the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges grants.


Visitors will have an opportunity to view poster displays and prototypes of some of Grand Challenges’ award-winning innovations designed to help improve lives around the world.


Attend our free, all-ages Innovation Day on October 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be the first to see this limited-time display. Learn more and RSVP at


Or, stop by the Visitor Center October 4 to October 31, Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to experience the Grand Challenges in Global Health Showcase.


About Grand Challenges:

The display will mark more than a decade of grant-making using the Grand Challenges approach, which aims to engage creative minds across scientific disciplines — including those who have not traditionally taken part in health research — to work on solutions that could lead to breakthrough advances for those in the developing world.


Since the Gates Foundation launched the original Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative in 2003 to tackle 14 “grand challenges” in global health, Grand Challenges has grown into an international network of research and funding partnerships spanning diverse topics. Each Grand Challenges initiative can be viewed as a unique experiment, and funders including the Gates Foundation, USAID, Grand Challenges Canada, Brazil’s Ministry of Health, and India’s Department of Biotechnology are carrying out these experiments both in partnership and independently.


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