Arrive Curious. Leave Inspired. Gates Foundation Discovery Center

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

Public tour: 2 pm

How can each of us make a difference?

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

Discover innovations and inventions that are helping to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life. Immerse yourself in debates about education, health and poverty. Take action on a cause that you care about. We also offer a rich array of programs and community events, educator resources and school tours.

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease

March 1 – August 18, 2018

Opening Celebration: March 1, 5-8 pm
Join the Countdown with music, performances, and more!

What if we could put an end to a painful or deadly disease?

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease highlights diseases that are on track for global eradication or elimination—including Guinea worm disease and polio, which could become the second human disease in history to be eradicated.

Learn how the global community is working together to eliminate disease, and how you can spread the word and help us in the efforts to reach the last mile.


Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( in collaboration with The Carter Center.

Image: © Carter Center/ L. Gubb

Teen Action Fair

Saturday, March 24, 10 AM – 3 PM


Find out how you can take action on local and global issues such as youth homelessness, the refugee crisis and clean water at the next Teen Action Fair. Free and open to all.

The celebration features hands-on activities, powerful performances, interactive exhibits, over 20 youth-related organizations and ways to get involved.

Stay connected for updates on all the organizations and performers participating in Teen Action Fair 2018!


Location and Hours

We are conveniently located across the street from Seattle Center—home of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, and Pacific Science Center.

Larger Map and Directions

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

Holiday Closures and Summer Hours

Free admission
Onsite paid parking at Seattle Center Fifth Avenue Garage
Wheelchair accessible

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